Fire destroys another Linden home
A wooden and concrete two-storied house at 184 Wisroc Housing scheme, was yesterday afternoon destroyed by fire, leaving a family of seven homeless and with losses they could not readily estimate.
Homeless are Esme Johnson, her two granddaughters Onica Johnson and Shari Waithe, her son Leonard and his wife Soyinka Johnson, and their two children, Jevon. 17. and Jeremiah Johnson, nine years old.
Esme Johnson who was in her shop, in front of the house when the fire started, said she could not say what caused the conflagration.
The woman who seemed in shock also could not estimate her losses, claiming that it was way too much.
“I was in the shop when the fire started. Is a neighbour shout out, “look Leonard house on fire’”.
A neighbour by the name of Claudine said that after a neighbour called out that Leonard’s house was on fire, she looked out, and there was thick, thick black smoke.
“So everybody run over and see what they could take out of the house. We manage to take out some chairs, a stove, flat screen television, microwave, a table, carpet and so.”
Esme Johnson’s daughter-in-law, Soyinka Johnson, who lived downstairs with her husband, Leonard, and two children, said that she was at work, when she got the call
about the fire, and immediately rushed home.
She too, could not estimate her losses.
Her husband was in Georgetown, while their two children were at school.
When this newspaper arrived on the scene, Soyinka was being consoled by neighbours. Nothing was salvaged from her apartment.
Neighbours however managed to save a few items from the upper flat which was occupied by her mother-in-Law.
The Linden Fire Service which reportedly arrived on the scene more than half an hour after the fire started, came in for strong criticism from residents, who had tried valiantly to extinguish the fire with buckets of water.
Even after the fire tender left, persons were still dousing what was left of the fire with their buckets.