Jul 30, 2018 News Comments Off on Better Hope man dies after fire razes home
The charred remains of 64 year old Fazel “Zole” Ally was found yesterday after a fire gutted his home at Lot 10 Bissoon Street, Better Hope South, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
The fire which witnesses claim started around 12:40 hrs yesterday, destroyed the one room wooden house that Ally lived in with his partner Anita Looknauth, a 54 year old vendor, and his grandson, Randy Ameer.
The man who is said to be an alcoholic, was home alone when neighbours noticed smoke and fire coming from the house.
They contacted the Guyana Fire Service and formed a bucket brigade in an attempt to douse the fire and save another house that was in the same yard.
One of the neighbours remembers hearing someone wailing inside Ally’s house when the fire had first started, but then the cries ceased.
Firefighters eventually brought the fire under control. By then, only the charred remains of Ally could be seen at the top of the stairs that led to his home.
This suggests that he was attempting to get out but was overcome by the flames.
One neighbour claimed that she last saw Ally between 08:00 and 09:00 hrs yesterday, when he was peering out his window watching her clean her yard.
Representatives from the fire department who were at the scene were looking at the possibility that the Ally might have been using a kerosene stove and may have left it unattended.
Others suggested that he may have fallen asleep while under the influence.
Residents claimed that Ally was also in the habit of threatening to burn down the house when he was drunk. The Guyana Fire Service and the Guyana Police Force have since initiated investigations and the findings should be forthcoming soon.
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