Swift action by residents of ‘B’ Field, Sophia, prevented what could have been the total destruction of yet another city home. Some time around 13:30 hours yesterday, fire of unknown origin broke out in the community, at Lot 365.
Home owner Courtney Johnson, who is employed as a taxi driver, said he went home at around 13:00 hours and decided to take a nap, during which he was rudely awakened.
“I went in my bed and between sleep and wake I heard a loud explosion so I ran to the back bedroom which my daughter occupies and I saw fire.”
According to Johnson, the fire had already engulfed the entire bedroom and this forced him to run out of the building and raise an alarm.
The man recounted that by that time other residents had already been alerted by the loud explosion.
“When I run outside, people were already there, because they wanted to know what made the noise.”
Johnson said residents of the area immediately formed a bucket brigade and assisted in extinguishing the fire.
He added that soon after a fire tender arrived and assisted in the mop-up operations.
The man disclosed that all of the furnishings in the back room of the house were destroyed as well as some other items.
Johnson is still at a loss as to what may have caused the explosion and subsequent fire. He stressed that he has never experienced any electrical problem in the house, and added that it could not have been that the fuse box malfunctioned, since that is located at the front of the house.
The interior of the building was badly damaged
The property is home to Johnson, his wife and two daughters.
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