57-year-old Hanuman Singh, the patriarch of the Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara home that was recently destroyed by fire, succumbed to the complications he received during the ordeal.
The fire that occurred on Sunday and left a family of four without a stable roof, also took from them the head of their home. Hanuman Singh, after the fire occurred, suffered from a stroke and was admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he succumbed.
The daughter of the home owners, Reshma Singh, told INews that the family was at their business place in the nearby village of Enterprise when they received the call of a fire. She related that her father took his bicycle and rushed to the scene while she and her mother closed up.
She noted, with the exception of a minibus, they were unable to save anything else. The younger Singh further related that when they arrived on the scene her father was nowhere to be found and after the fire was contained, they formed a search party and mounted a search for him.
She said that they were unable find him but received a call that he was found unconscious at the Botanical Gardens’ entrance and was rushed to the GPHC.
He was subsequently placed on life support before passing.
The family is currently living in the lower flat of the gutted building and are contemplating their next move. The place where they are now residing was recently renovated to cater for a business that the family was going to open.
This publication was informed that while the family may soon receive their permit to operate the business at their home, all the amenities that they would have put into the facility were destroyed by the fire.