Man hangs self after neighbour’s house gutted by fire

A family of seven of Bush Lot Farm, Corentyne is now homeless after fire destroyed their four-bedroom house around 9:40 pm on Tuesday and a neighbour who felt he was responsible committed suicide.

Those homeless are: Lalchan Permauloo, 44, his wife, Amoi, 36, his children; Kamadevin,19, Nandanie, 18, Kavita, 15, foster daughter, Ashley Divya Rambarose, 15 and his mother, Kastury Samnadam, 78.

Permauloo estimated his loss to be in excess of $10 M. He told Stabroek News that he and his family had gone to Alness to attend a wake for his sister when he got the news that his two-flat wooden and concrete house was on fire.

 Indar ‘Suresh’ Prashad
Indar ‘Suresh’ Prashad
Lalchan Permauloo amid the ruins
Lalchan Permauloo amid the ruins

When they arrived at the scene within 10 minutes the entire house was already engulfed. They stood helplessly as they watched their house burn.

Neighbours had also been trying in vain to douse the building with buckets of water. The fire tender arrived after and put out the blaze completely.

Permauloo who rears sheep for a living, also operated a small shop that was detached from the house. Thankfully, the shop was saved.

Meanwhile, the neighbour, Indar ‘Suresh’ Prashad, 55, who had lit a fire at the back of his yard earlier, blamed himself for causing the fire and could not deal with the trauma.

The man was burning some dried tomato plants and it is believed that heavy winds cause the flames to blow over to the Permauloos house, resulting in the fire.

Reports are that he went over to the scene yesterday morning and after witnessing the destruction decided to end his life.

His wife told this newspaper that he went to the upper flat and after a while she decided to check on him but the door was closed.

Suspecting that something was amiss, she raised an alarm and some boys in the village ran over and broke the door. They then saw him hanging behind the bedroom door.

Permauloo was saddened that Prashad ended his life after taking the blame and said he should not have done that over “material things” which can be replaced.

The house in flames
The house in flames

 

 

 

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