An early morning fire of unknown origin has left a Beehive East Coast Demerara businessman stumped and counting his losses. He said that he has lost in excess of $4M.
Amar Shiwanath, 30, the owner of Amar’s Molding and Panel Door workshop located at 450 Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara, said that the fire started in the front of the workshop around 2:00hrs yesterday.
“Me neighbour call me about 2:30 and seh fire deh in me workshop. When me come out, the place was blazing with fire all over.”
He said attempts were made to save some of his machinery used to make furniture but the heat was too intense. “We try fuh use bucket to out it but it was too much for us.” Shiwanath said that the fire service was summoned and upon arrival 15 minutes later, they swung into action.
However he was in for a surprise. “About four minutes later the water done while the fire continued to raze the workshop,” he said.
Another fire tender from Georgetown arrived about half hour later and managed to extinguish the blaze, thus preventing the fire from engulfing an adjoining building.
According to Shiwanath his losses include all his machinery and raw material. His business was not insured. He counts it a major setback but was already in the process of cleaning up to resume his operation.
The business has been in operation at that location for just over a year. The owner also dispelled rumours that the fire may have been a result of a land dispute with neighbours. “That part is a total lie,” he said.
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