Fire destroys age-old house at East Canje
Two persons are now homeless after a fire, said to be electrical in origin,
completely destroyed an age-old wooden house at Canefield Public Road, East Canje, Berbice.
The house which is occupied by Sharon Campbell and her paramour Amir Kursattie is owned by the woman’s grandmother who resides overseas. The house is said to be over 90 years old. No one was at home at the time of the fire and Campbell, a mother of three, was away in New Amsterdam assisting a relative in her shop.
The woman’s three grown sons live elsewhere and one of them had recently returned home from the interior to be with her for Mother’s Day.
According to the woman’s uncle, Cyril ‘Bertram’ Campbell, who lives in an adjacent house in the same yard, he was at home relaxing around 13:00 hrs when he heard his neighbours shouting out for fire. By the time he got outside, he noticed that the bedroom was engulfed in flames and the entire upstairs was already consumed by the blaze.
Neighbours came out in their hundreds and formed a bucket brigade, but by then the fire was already raging. The elder Campbell, who is a joiner, stated that the residents then concentrated in dousing his home and he was grateful for the assistance. By the time two tenders from the Guyana Fire Service responded to the scene, the house was completely destroyed.
The property was well furnished and the occupants estimated their losses in the vicinity of millions of dollars. Investigations are continuing.