An Ithaca, West Bank Berbice family is now counting their losses after two fires and a mysterious attack on the house in less than one month destroyed a family car, a garage and severely damaged their two-storey house.
As police continue to investigate what family members are saying is arson, no one has been arrested
The first fire partially destroyed the family $2.9M Allion car, which was parked in the garage. A few days’ later, person or persons again launched an attack on the family, this time damaging the front and back windscreens of the car. Determine to complete their mission, not long after the perpetrators returned and again set fire on the car this time completely destroying the expensive vehicle, the garage and damaging the house.
Matriarch of the home Audrey Rigby of Dutch Quarters Ithica stated that she suspect that the entire thing is arson which she suspect is driven by spite and envy.
She stated that the fire arson attempt occurred on June 7th. She awoke around 5 hrs to smell something burning. She stated that “When I look in the garage I see smoke, share smoke…”
An alarm was raised and upon checking they discover that smoke was coming from the back door of the car. That fire was put out and the police were informed. They later discovered that both the front and back seats of the car were burnt.
The police during their probe found that the alarm was first disabled and the perpetrators had removed the rubber on the car door to gain some access to the vehicle.
The second attack saw the hooligans opening the garage and shattering the car wind screen and windows.
The last incident occur last Tuesday .According to information the woman’s brother Corwin Perry returned home about 01: 00 hrs on the morning and saw thick smoke and fire and soon realized that it was his sister’s home on fire. The man stated that he realized that no one was awake and he started to shout at the top of his voice.
The woman said that she was jolted out of her sleep by the sounds of persons pelting on her roof and shouting, “Fire fire.”
She stated that she immediately opened the door and she and her two kids quickly exited the house, they then had to jump the fence because they had no time to open the padlock on the gate.
By then the entire garage was swallowed up in flames and the fire had already caught onto the house.
Persons tried to form a bucket brigade, but were soon beat by intensity of the heat. Within minutes the fire tender of nearby Guysuco Blairmont Estate arrived and assisted in outing the fire.
Upon checking, two bottles of Molotov cocktail were found nearby in the yard and neighbours stated that there was also the smell of gasoline around the house, which suggested that someone was out to torch the entire place.
Police are investigating, but the family is not happy with the pace and manner of the investigation as no one has been arrested as yet.
Mrs Rigby stated that her husband works on sea and is seldom at home and she is fearful and scared for herself and family. She is calling on the police to increase their efforts in finding the person or persons who might be behind the dastardly acts.
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