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11 homeless as fires ravage 4 houses in 1 day – Guyana Times

 1 car also burnt in separate incident at Leonora

The Fire Service is noting a spike in fires across the country after responding to several incidents over the past week, with five of them occurring on Saturday.
The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) reported that at about 02:00h on Saturday, two water tenders and one ambulance along with their crews from the Central, Campbellville, and Alberttown Fire Stations responded to a building on fire at C Field Sophia Reserve, Greater Georgetown.
The structure involved was a one-flat wooden building under construction, owned and occupied by 21-year-old Isaiah Thomas. As a result of the fire, the building and its contents were destroyed, leaving Thomas homeless. The fire was maliciously set.

The house at Providence after the fire on Saturday

Further, on the same day, at 09:20h, a water tender and crew from the Leonora Fire Station responded to a car on fire at Concrete Street, Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD). Upon arriving at the scene, they observed a black Nissan motor car bearing registration number PJJ 5730, owned by 56-year-old Lloyd Persaud and driven by 24-year-old Brandon Persaud, on fire.
The fire reportedly started after a ruptured fuel line came into contact with hot engine components, which ignited and spread to the entire bonnet.
Then at about 12:50h, fire tenders from the Eccles Fire Station responded to a house on fire at Lot 66 Remus Agricola, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
There, a two-storey wooden and concrete building owned by 45-year-old Howard Samuels and occupied by 36-year-old Tenefa Samuels and her two family members was engulfed in flames. The building and its contents were destroyed thus leaving all of the occupants homeless.

In this case, the cause of the fire was given as an overloaded electrical circuit which resulted in arcing and sparking and the subsequent ignition of nearby combustible materials.
Two houses near the burning building sustained damages due to the radiated heat.

The owner of the car looks at his burnt vehicle

In addition, at about 14:20h, also on Saturday, firefighters from the Eccles Fire Station responded to a fire at Lot 16 New Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).
Upon arrival, firefighters observed a two-storey wooden and concrete building with an adjoining flat engulfed in flames. The building was owned by 80-year-old Florence Ramsaroop and occupied by 28-year-old Seth Persaud.
The building was completely destroyed. The fire prevention officers are currently investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

The car’s engine that was destroyed as a result of the fire

Finally, at 23:55h, tenders and crews from the Alberttown and Central Fire Stations responded to a fire at Lot 262 South Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
Upon arriving at the scene, they noticed a two-storey wooden and concrete building, owned by 42-year-old Vanessa Lewis and occupied by five others was engulfed. The cause of the fire was given as an overloaded electrical circuit.
The Fire Service is imploring all citizens to be vigilant and to practice fire safety and prevention to avoid any possible fire emergencies.

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