72-year-old pensioner homeless following Corentyne fire

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The house that was destroyed by the fire on Thursday

A 72-year-old pensioner, Norbee Khan, was left homeless after her Lot 633 Number 1 Village Corentyne home was completely destroyed by a fire.

Khan used to operate a small business on the premises. She says she will now have to start over following the incident.

The elderly woman recalled being alerted to the fire by a neighbour, and managing to save only a bag with a few important items.

Her son Wasir Khan, who moved out of the house a few months ago, said when he arrived on scene the building was already engulfed.

He blames the Guyana Power and Light for the disaster, which he believes was electrical in nature.

“There was a blackout, and when the current come on there was a sparking at the front, and then it run through and went to the back where all the fuses and everything (are) and then (the fire) start from the back room,” the man related.

By the time of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) arrived on scene, the building was almost destroyed.

Station Officer Clive McDonald, who is in charge on the New Amsterdam Fire Station explained that his officers had been misdirected.

McDonald said that when the GFS had received the new direction, a unit from the Rose Hall Town Fire Department was dispatched, and when it arrived on scene, the building was already engulfed.

“Immediately the crew went into operation to stop fire spread and control the fire, working from the tank supply”, he said.

He acknowledged the presence of a unit from the Albion Sugar Estate when his men would have arrived on the scene, and noted that the initial crew had been able to prevent the blaze from spreading.

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