Fire victims looking to rebuild
Following the fire which destroyed a house at Lot 459 ‘A’ Field Liliendaal, Friday night, the victims have cut their losses and are looking to rebuild their lives. The fire which occurred around 18:30 hours on Friday completely wrecked a two-story house which once accommodated six people.
The property owned by Paulette Thompson, was worth some $7 million. Reports are that nothing had been saved.
At the scene yesterday, one of victims, Deborah Sampson, was digging through the rubble to find anything that she could salvage. She related that all documents from birth certificates to passports had been burnt. “All I have is the clothes that I had on my back.”
Sampson said that she is currently being accommodated by family members, who took them in for the night. Although the origin of the fire is unknown, Sampson contested that her children had not lit the matches that caused the blaze.
Sampson, who is a nurse, stated that while she was at work when the fire occurred, her children are never left at home unsupervised.
She said that her children are usually left with a babysitter.
The visibly distraught woman recounted her version of the story.
“My children were asleep. The girl that left with them said that she was watching a movie, ‘Pretty Woman’ and see the blaze at the back of the house. She run and throw water on it and it explode. She wake up the children and gave the big girl the baby and tell them to run from the fire.”
She said that she is awaiting a report from the fire department on the findings following an investigation that was launched into the incident.
Sampson insisted that her children are not to be blamed for the fire. She added that she would usually cook and put away the matches to prevent such incidents.
“I don’t know what caused the fire but I’m saying that matches are not in my children’s reach I don’t even allow the babysitter to cook.
The woman related that some persons have expressed their interest in helping them rebuild. However at this point persons are only sympathizing with her.
She said that she would have to approach Government agencies to have her essential documents restored.
The woman told Kaieteur news that she along with her husband and three children once occupied the lower flat of the building.