Jan 20, 2014 News
Firefighters and police officers had a very heavy presence on the scene of a fire which gutted a building that housed the FullWorks Motor Spares and Auto Sales at Lot 152 Regent Road, Bourda on Saturday last.
The blaze started around 11:35 pm. and firefighters arrived on the scene just 10 minutes after a report was made.
By the time they were done all that was left were damaged shoes which were housed in the upper flat of the building and the shell of the concrete structure.
Kaieteur news understands that the auto spares business had recently been relocated to another building.
The owner of the razed structure Mr. Roshan Ali who lives two just buildings away, told this publication, that he was at home when he learnt about the fire
He told members of the media that he had rented the building to a group of Chinese entrepreneurs just a few months ago.
While he did not disclose the name of the persons who were renting the building at the time, he expressed, “It comes as very sad news and I am hoping that the police and the firefighters can move ahead quickly so that he can be able to move forward with repairs.”
The western side of the neighbouring business, Golyn and Sons was torched but the fire was contained which prevented it from doing any internal damages.
During the blaze, firefighters had to rescue a 38-year old woman who was asleep in her house at the back of the burning building.
One brave ex-firefighter, who was informed that the woman was occupying the building which was located just a few feet behind the business, ran to the scene in an attempt to take her to safety.
With his white vest drenched in water, he carefully maneuvered through the smoke using a nearby passage on the eastern side of the building.
When he called out to the woman he initially did not receive a response. He was left with no other choice but to break the glass door at the bottom of her two-storey house, which was quickly being filled with smoke.
He related that he hurried around the house, frantically checking for the woman and thankfully he found her sound asleep in her bedroom. He then hoisted her and assisted her over the fence from where she was taken away from the area.
When Kaieteur News spoke with the 38-year-old woman, Rusdale Farley, she expressed her deepest thanks and appreciation for the man who risked his life to ensure she was safe.
The woman was only clad in a shower cap, a white towel wrapped around her body and a vest as she gazed at the fire in disbelief.
Meanwhile, other firefighters desperately tackled the fire, using four fire hoses from different angles simultaneously, containing it to one building.
A senior fireman told this newspaper that he is pleased with the work of his fellow officers as the fire was well handled.
“Water supply was adequate as we utilized three tenders. There were 12 on duty fire officers and six off duty officers, who assisted in helping to contain the fire. When we arrived on the scene, the fire was already blazing. It was all over the building and the goal hence forth was to prevent it from spreading to other buildings.”
“It is still under investigation and we don’t have any leads as to what might have caused the fire as yet.”
Two former firefighters who responded to the scene said, “The firefighting spirit never leaves you regardless of how long you have left the office. But the urge to respond immediately is always there. We had to respond, we were actually at a bar in Eccles drinking and as soon as we heard, we took a taxi and came down and we assisted our colleagues in containing the fire.”
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