Fire destroys Prashad Nagar house

An early morning fire at Deobirana Street, Prashad Nagar suspected to have been electrical in origin, yesterday destroyed the top flat of a two-storey house and left two persons homeless.

According to Robert Power, who lived with his wife in the house, at the time of the fire, there were two young children temporarily staying at the house. Power said he got up and made breakfast for his family and went upstairs to bring his wife downstairs for breakfast.

He said a few minutes after he returned downstairs, his wife called him from the upper flat of the house

The remains of the burnt house
The remains of the burnt house

and informed him that smoke was coming from the children’s room. At the time, the children were not in the room. He said when he went to the room, fire was coming from the ceiling and he suspected that it was electrical in origin.

He estimated that the fire started around 6.50 am.

Power said that in a desperate attempt to save his valuables, he took two laptop computers on to the bridge of his yard but within 7 to 10 minutes, someone stole the computers.

This newspaper was later informed that two persons have been arrested by the police for looting.

He said he called the police who called the fire service, since he could not get to his cellphone to retrieve the number of the Prashad Nagar Fire Station. He said they managed to put out the blaze in approximately 45 minutes.

Neighbours told this publication that they tried calling the fire service’s emergency number but it went unanswered.

Losses in the fire could not be estimated but Power said most of the items he lost in the fire had emotional meaning to him. He said having migrated from Barbados, he has been living in Guyana for the past 35 years and managed to gather a host of indigenous items from his travels to the interior.

He said persons living in the area were very helpful to him and his family in their time of distress and thus they managed to save a few items.

While the entire upper flat of the house was completely burnt out on the inside with just the walls of the house remaining, the lower flat appeared to be only partially burnt.

 

More in Local News

Raphael Trotman

Gov’t will not be ‘lectured to in the press’ on forest concessions, Trotman says

Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Raphael Trotman yesterday said that the government will not be “lectured” to in the press on the issue of forestry concessions, while announcing that the arrival of officials from a company in China that may take over the operations of the controversial Baishanlin is being awaited.

Black Bush murder victims laid to rest: Rice farmer, Pawan Chandradeo, 37; his fifteen-year-old son, Jaikarran Chandradeo, both of 163 Mibicuri North, Black Bush Polder and his brother-in-law Naresh Rooplall, 33, of Number 75 Village, Corentyne were yesterday laid to rest following an emotional funeral. They were buried at the Babu John Cemetery, Port Mourant. The trio were found dead on Friday, less than a day after they had left to go on a fishing trip in Black Bush Polder. Intense investigations are underway into the murders. Photo shows the caskets of the three victims and part of the crowd that gathered.

Black Bush triple murder suspects brought to city

Seven men, including the main suspect who was arrested in connection with the Black Bush Polder, Corentyne triple murder were transported to Georgetown on Tuesday evening and are currently being questioned by ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID), Major Crimes Unit.

Anthony Jhagroo

Bulletin issued for suspect in murder of mechanic

The police yesterday issued a  bulletin for Anthony Jhagroo, who is wanted for questioning in relation to two offences: escaping from lawful custody and the murder of mechanic, Yugeshwar Shiwcharan.

default placeholder

Five cops under close arrest over stolen gold

Five police officers attached to the Brickdam Police Station are currently under close arrest after they allegedly stole a quantity of raw gold from some miners last Friday.

default placeholder

Norway team ‘horrified’ at bauxite mining in pilot village Muritaro

A private bauxite mining operation in the Amerindian community of Muritaro on the Demerara River, discovered by members of a “horrified” team from Norway, was shut down by the Ministry of Natural Resources late last year, since the community was one identified to benefit from the Guyana-Norway forest protection scheme.

default placeholder

New candidate identified to head Bid Protest Committee

Attorney at Law Joann Bond will now head the recently-constituted Bid Protest Committee (BPC) established under the Procurement Act, well-placed sources say.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: