Fire strikes at Crane
Fire believed to be of electrical origin erupted just after 08:00 hours yesterday at Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara, leaving in its wake millions of dollars in damages and a family of three homeless.
Owner of the 277 Crane New Housing Scheme single flat house, Sylvie Mason, said that she had left her home around 08:00 hours to take her two children to school when she got a call informing her of the fire.
Both of the woman’s children, a 10-year-old and a six-year-old, are students of the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School.
The distraught Mason arrived on the scene to see fire service officers battling to control the blaze which had already gutted the building she had called home for the past three years.
Although reluctant to comment on the fiery ordeal, Mason confessed that she lost everything. “I don’t know where I will stay tonight…but I have to stay somewhere…I don’t even know how this happened. I just know I left home with my children then I got a call that my house on fire.”
A fire tender from Leonora, according to reports, arrived on the scene promptly and was able to contain the fire to the single property, allaying the fears of neighbouring residents whose properties had initially appeared to be under threat as well.
According to one resident, who requested anonymity, she was among the first to observe smoke emanating from Mason’s property, some three doors away.
The woman related that there was initially a spark in the area where the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) wire was connected to Mason’s house.
The spark reportedly developed into a small fire and eventually caused the wire to burst. The wire, the resident said, was removed from the area as there was no evidence of the burned out wire when this newspaper arrived on the scene.
The resident recounted that upon seeing the small flames she proceeded to call the fire service and was impressed with the quick arrival of a fire engine. “I must say they come really fast; it surprised me.”
Other neighbours claimed they had informed the fire service as well. Officers from the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station were also summoned, as were technicians from GPL who opted to disconnect the power supply in the area.