Seven homeless after Laventille fire

A bush fire got out of con­trol af­ter a man tried to burn some dried grass de­stroyed two homes and a car in Laven­tille on Sunday leav­ing sev­en peo­ple home­less.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the two wood­en hous­es caught fire around 9 am in Block 22, Laven­tille.

The af­fect­ed fam­i­lies were not present when Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the scene around 10 am.

Res­i­dent Se­le­na Williams said she was get­ting ready for church when she was alert­ed by neigh­bours about the blaze.

“I smell the bush burn­ing and I peek out,” she said.

“I went back to get­ting ready and then I hear the neigh­bour say­ing, ‘Like Se­le­na not home or what?’,” Williams said as she re­count­ed the in­ci­dent.

“When I open the door the whole place was black. I just run out like I mad.”

She said she fled the house bare-foot­ed, grab­bing her grand­daugh­ter and a hand­bag with im­por­tant doc­u­ments.

Williams was thank­ful that her home had not been dam­aged but said she had to run through thick black smoke to safe­ty.

She said she be­lieves she knew who is re­spon­si­ble for the fire.

She said she saw a man cut­ting grass and clean­ing up around a one-bed­room house on Sat­ur­day.

“He was cut­ting bush the day be­fore, he was call­ing and ask­ing me if I have match­es,” she said.

Williams said she hoped that the per­son re­spon­si­ble would be held ac­count­able for the loss­es.

- by Sharlene Rampersad

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