Minister Benn’s Linden house destroyed by fire

Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn
Minister of Public Works, Robeson Benn

[] – The Guyana Fire Service (GFS) has mounted investigations into the origins of a fire which totally razed the former home of Public Works Minister Robeson Benn on Tuesday afternoon (March 24).

According to a bulletin by the Government Information Agency (GINA), Minister Benn received a call informing him that the house at Lot 84 Richmond Hill, Linden was ablaze and GFS ranks were responding.

The house, which was unused since early 2006 after Minister Benn and his family moved to Georgetown, was formerly hit by a spate of thefts, the minister said.

According to GINA, thieves made off with appliances, furniture and eventually half of the roof, despite arrangements being put in place to secure and check on the property.

Minister Benn said that initial investigations show that the fire was as a result of a “bush fire”. The issue at hand, however the minister said was whether the fire was accidental or intentional, and he hopes that the investigations will pronounce with certainty, as to the initial cause of the fire which resulted in millions of dollars in losses.



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