– family left homeless
The occupants of a derelict Hunter Street, Albouystown house can consider themselves lucky to have escaped serious injury after the two-storey building they called home collapsed at around 03:00 hrs yesterday while they were still inside.
Elsie Singh, one of the five occupants, suffered minor injuries to her legs when a falling post struck her.
She was treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
Singh’s two children, aged ten and seven, and two other adults escaped unhurt.
Still grimacing in pain, Singh told Kaieteur News that the occupants were sleeping in the upper flat at around 03:00 hrs when a strange sound awoke them.
At first, they suspected that someone had ‘pelted’ the house.
However, when one of the male occupants looked outside, he realized that the house was shifting.
Leon Duggan, another occupant, said that he saw the front wall in the bottom flat “shoot out”. He said that a wall in the upper flat then collapsed.
Duggan said that a falling post inside the house struck Singh.
However, he managed to assist the woman and her children out of the collapsing structure before they could come to further harm.
An ambulance took Singh to the GPHC, where she was treated.
A distraught Singh said that her television set, a DVD player, kitchenware and other articles were destroyed. She said she has no idea where she and her children will spend the night and also has nowhere to store the belongings she managed to save.
She added that the Lot 86 Hunter Street building has been her home for the past six years.
She claimed the owner lives overseas but she paid a monthly rent of $5,000 to persons who were left in charge of the property.
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