Dec 01, 2012 News
– almost a month after he was freed of wife’s murder
Fire of unknown origin yesterday destroyed the Lusignan Public Road, East Coast Demerara home of popular furniture owner and grass track racer, Dwarka Gangadin.
Eyewitnesses said that the fire started around 17:00 hrs in the western section of the two-storey structure.
One report stated that the building was unoccupied at the time, while another resident said that two children were in the eastern section of the building.
Fire tenders from the Campbellville, Alberttown and the Central Fire Station in Georgetown responded but arrived too late to save the building.
However, the firefighters prevented the blaze from spreading to the furniture store, located to the eastern side of the gutted house.
A neighbour of Gangadin’s told Kaieteur News that he was at home when he saw flames coming from the western side of the house. He raised an alarm and some of the employees from Gangadin’s furniture store rushed over and tried in vain to gain access to the heavily-grilled building.
The neighbour said that he summoned the fire service; then with water from tanks in the premises, attempted to douse the flames.
Residents alleged that the first fire tender arrived some 45 minutes later. By the time the other fire tenders arrived the western side of the building was already destroyed.
Gangadin also clambered to the top of the two-storey structure in a vain attempt to assist the firefighters, who took over an hour to get the blaze under control.
Workers and neighbours managed to remove some furniture and other items from the bottom flat and compound.
Gangadin was charged in 2010 for the murder of his wife, Bridgette, whose body was found near Vigilance, on the East Coast Demerara public road. The grass track racer had told police that his wife had jumped from his truck and he accidentally drove over her body.
An autopsy performed by Government pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh indicated that the 29-year-old woman died from a fractured skull.
However, a second postmortem by Trinidadian pathologist Professor Hubert Daisley suggested that Mrs. Gangadin was strangled.
Dwarka Gangadin was charged and committed to stand trial, but was freed almost a month ago after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) reviewed the evidence and ruled that there was not enough evidence against the accused.
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