What is believed to be James Johnson’s remains were discovered yesterday morning while fire officers were combing through the debris during their investigation of a fire that destroyed a hotel and two homes at Lot 41 Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara.
Johnson, a pensioner who resided in the upper flat of the hotel, was discovered missing when residents were trying to locate the occupants of the burnt buildings to ensure everyone was safe. Though they noticed he was missing on Friday, they did not notify fire officers until yesterday.
After being told that the man was missing, fire officers began combing the rubble and stumbled on the charred remains which they suspected to be Johnson’s, since he is the only missing person from the burnt building.
Police officers, who were called in after the discovery, have not yet confirmed that the body is Johnson’s even as the 82-year-old is now listed as missing since he cannot be found.
The fire completely destroyed the homes of almost 40 persons on Friday. Though there are many speculations by residents as to how the fire started, the Chief Fire Officer said the origin of the fire is still being investigated
Meanwhile, Junior Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes and a team, visited the victims of the fire yesterday morning.
The Minister assisted the displaced persons with toiletries among other things. She promised to further assist the residents to ensure they get back on their feet.
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