Fire destroys Vryheid’s Lust property
A fire believed to have been the work of a vagrant yesterday destroyed a property at Lot 1 Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara.
According to reports, the fire started around 15:00 hours, mere seconds after a vagrant was seen exiting the building. This publication was told that the two storey building once housed a general hardware store.
However, for the past two years the building had been unoccupied.
One eyewitness who asked not to be named said that she summoned the fire tender to the location after she noticed smoke coming from the lower flat of the building.
“I sit down by the stand and I see a junkie walking out from a hole in de fence and when I look back I see thick smoke coming out and I call the fire people.”
The woman told this publication that the ‘junkie’ was seen calmly walking away through a street not far from the burning building.
This publication was told that the fire service arrived promptly and was forced to pump water from a nearby canal. Firemen were seen breaking an exterior wall in an effort to put out the fire.
A nearby building which housed a mother and her children was water soaked in order to save it from the flames. The woman who occupied that building, Cecilia Dookwah, said that she was at work when she received the call that the house next to her was on fire. The woman said that she raced home in hope that her home was not touched.
“I thankful that it ain’t burn but everything soak. I ain’t know where to start from.”
Persons in the area said that the building which was gutted had been a safe haven for junkies who gained entry to the building by breaking into it to carry out their own activities. This publication was told that the bank had seized the property some two years ago from the Guyadin family of Annandale.