Police are continuing their investigations into the circumstances surrounding the fire which destroyed a two-storey wood and concrete building at Babu John Street, 75 Haswell, Port Mourant, Corentyne Berbice, on Wednesday night.
The house which is owned by Rohan Harrinarayan, 50 and his wife Jasmattie Harrinarayan 51, and was occupied by the two adults and their 16-year-old daughter, Parbattie, went up in flames shortly after 22:00 hours on Wednesday.
Rohan Harrinarayan has since being taken into custody since arson is suspected. His daughter is a student of the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School and at the moment is in the midst of writing her CSEC examinations.
When Kaieteur News visited the family yesterday, the mother and daughter were over at her elder daughter Shabana, who lives next door at Lot 78 Haswell. They had spent the night there.
The mother was unwell and was too distraught to speak to the media, having been only released from the hospital a few days ago. The fire has completely devastated her.
Speaking to Kaieteur News, Parbattie Harrinarayan was trying to keep her composure. She was unsure what she would do next, since she lost all her belongings in the blaze including her books and her computer.
She however told this publication that she would try her best to complete her exams.
Referring to the fire, the young lady first questioned the source of this newspaper’s information on the fire in its Thursday edition. She denied that her father was a heavy drinker and that there was a dispute.
She said that her father had gone to Georgetown the day before and when he returned, she and her mother were over by her sister. She said that her father was alone at home and does not know what happened.
The teen said that she heard a shout of fire and when she looked outside, it was their home that was ablaze.
The structure measuring 24×18 was recently renovated and painted and was well furnished with almost every household item inside.
The family cannot estimate losses at the moment. But it is believed that the total could run into millions.
Rohan Harrinarayan, who is a farmer, was picked up by police during the blaze and is still in custody at the Whim Police Station.
He is being held on suspicion that he started the inferno. He was arrested a few metres away in his underwear .Police said that they received information that the man had threatened on more than one occasion to set the house ablaze. Just before the blaze they had received information that he had purchased cigarettes and had again threatened to raze the building. Stating “you gon see am in flames just now”.
Neighbours had told Kaieteur News that the man was a heavy drinker and was usually abusive to his family.
One fire engine from the New Amsterdam Fire Station and a Land Rover from the nearby Albion Estate responded to the fire.
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