Fire destroys house in Guyana, family of 13 left homeless

By Rumi Samuel Published on February 14, 2022
Fire destroys house in Guyana, family of 13 left homeless

A fire ripped through a home last week in Guyana, leaving several persons without shelter.  

The Guyana Fire Service said it received a report of a house on fire on February 10. Water Tender 87 from the Corriverton Fire Station responded to the Lot 56 Number 79 Village Corentyne, Berbice location. 

A two-storey wooden and concrete house structure owned by Kulcharran Persaud, who resided with his family of 13, was destroyed.  

The purported cause of the fire was a slack connection of overhead wires resulting in arcing and sparking, which ignited window curtains and spread to the entire building.  

Any firefighter or civilian sustained no casualties or injuries due to the fire.  

One jet working from Water Tender 87 tank supply and two jets working from an open water source using light pump 109 was used to extinguish the fire.  

The Guyana Fire Service has refuted a local report which stated that “when the fire-wheel come, it come without water and they had to take water from the river and the machine nah work good”.  

The Fire Service said on arrival at the scene, one jet from Water Tender 87 original tank supply was employed to contain the blaze while firefighters sought an open water source.  

The Corentyne River was used as the open water source, and two jets connected to light pump 107 were used to extinguish the fire.

Rumi Samuel

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