Man allegedly sets fire to home to get rid of tenants

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An investigation has been launched into the fire set to a house at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) at around 19:00h on Sunday.

Police said it is alleged that the owner, 56-year-old Mumtaz Ali set the house on fire in a bid to get rid of a female tenant and her children.

“Enquiries disclosed that Mumtaz Ali set his room on fire due to a conflict between himself and his tenant,” police said in a statement.

Reports are that the landlord had served his female tenant a lawyer’s letter to remove from the premises to which she failed to comply.

Police said tenant and her children were selling food outside hence the house when they observed smoke coming from the building.

They claim that they saw the landlord running from the house into the neighbour’s yard.

The fire department was summoned and managed to put out the fire. The house was partly damaged.