Grocer saves baby from Industry fire

An Industry grocer yesterday managed to save the life of his young baby after a fire, believed to be of electrical origin, engulfed the top flat of his home where the child was asleep.

Yashpaul Sewnarine, of 97 Fifth Street, Industry, East Coast Demerara, and owner of the Market Place, a grocery shop he operated from the bottom flat of his home, said he and his wife were alerted to the fire when they began to detect the scent of something being burnt at around 11:45am yesterday.

At the time, they were in the bottom flat of the two-storey, three-bedroom house. Sewnarine said he made checks and by the time he arrived at the foot of their interior stairway, he saw the entire upstairs of the house engulfed in smoke.

The Market Place grocery where the fire took place.
The Market Place grocery where the fire took place.

He added that his wife then shouted to him that their baby, who is just over a year old, was asleep in the upper flat of the building.

The man said he then ventured upstairs and grabbed the baby. He suffered minor burns to his face but managed to get the baby out unharmed.

Sewnarine estimated his losses in the fire to be in the millions. He said because the place was dark, he did not manage to save any of their possessions from the inside of the top flat.

Sewnarine said while the fire barely got to the bottom flat of the house, water damage from the efforts of firefighters also resulted in losses.

He said that neighbours attempted to manually put the fire out until the Guyana Fire Service arrived. The fire service was quick to respond to the fire, he noted.

He added that he believes the fire to be electrical. He noted that there are only bedrooms in the top flat of the house and the family does not use candles or mosquito coils.

Sewnarine resided at the house with his wife and four children and he said he and his family will be staying with family members until their home is restored.

Efforts to contact Fire Chief Marlon Gentle to obtain more information on the cause of the fire were unsuccessful.

 

 

Latest in Local News

default placeholder

Gov’t sets out bid protest procedures

Following the setting up of a Bid Protest Committee (BPC), the Ministry of Finance today unveiled the procedures that bidders who are dissatisfied with how a contract has been awarded, must follow to have the award reviewed.

default placeholder

Eye care specialists to meet in Barbados next month

Eye care specialists from across the Anglophone, Dutch and Spanish-speaking Caribbean, North America and Europe will converge in Barbados in July for the 27th Congress of the Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI).

default placeholder

Cases being built against drug kingpins

Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy here, Bryan Hunt has urged patience as it relates to indictments of local drug barons saying that cases are being built in the background that can guarantee convictions.

St Paul’s Anglican Church in Aurora

Aurora Village (Part 2)

Things in Aurora Village are much livelier than in Aurora Estate. Women walk in and out of the health centre with babies hanging from their hips; policemen stand outside the police station bracing against a wooden rail as they talk amongst themselves and shouts of chatter from children playing fill the air.

A Cessna 206 – the model of the planes flown out of Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle yesterday

Probe launched into illegal Cessna flights from Ogle

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) yesterday launched an investigation into the illegal flights of two aircraft from the Eugene F Correia International Airport, at Ogle, East Coast Demerara.

default placeholder

Broke City Hall seeks gov’t bailout

Debt-ridden City Hall has approached the government for a bailout after undertaking several Golden Jubilee projects it did not budget for.

Trevon Thomas

Youth of Guyanese parentage dies in BVI boat accident

A young man of Guyanese parentage died tragically in Tortola, British Virgin Islands around 10:00 hrs yesterday when the speedboat he was in hit rough waters and capsized.

Two of the better appointed stands at D’Urban Park (Stabroek News file photo/Keno George)

D’Urban Park bleachers to remain

The bleachers at D’Urban Park will not be dismantled as originally intended as government intends to preserve and improve the area and turn it into a facility for public events, President David Granger has said.

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: