An East Coast Demerara family of 12 is now contemplating its next move after their home was destroyed in a mid-morning fire which occurred Sunday last.
Occupants of Lot 80 Middle Street, Buxton, made a narrow escape as their home went up in flames, and although the circumstances surrounding the cause of the fire is shady, one resident, Stacy McLennon, said that she was told by one of the child occupants that the fire was caused by her cousin – another child – after he reportedly “set something on fire”.
McLennon said that she was awakened by her week-old baby’s cry some time around 11:30am and upon investigating, she noticed that the eastern side of the house was already in flames.
She quickly alerted her sister, who was lying in a hammock downstairs who then assisted her in getting the others out. “When I wake up the floor dem was already burn and the windows dem was cracking up, I just snatch me baby and my sister start getting my cousins dem out,” Mc Lennon said. Mc Lennon related that a bucket brigade was formed however; efforts to save the house or household appliances were futile.
As the fire began to spread and realising that nothing else could be done, the attention of the bucket brigade was then turned towards the eastern neighbour’s house, which they managed to saved but scorched in the process.
Mc Lennon could not say how many persons were home when the fire started but related, that the house is home to six adults and six children.
No one was hurt, she stated, but she is still traumatised.
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