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An officer from the Probyn Street headquarters of the Barbados Fire Service tackling yesterday’s fire in St Michael. Fire victim Joyce Graham was reduced to tears after her home was extensively damaged by fire yesterday. (Pictures by Ricardo Leacock.)

Tue, February 19, 2013 - 12:10 AM

Joyce Graham’s St Michael home was extensively damaged and all its contents destroyed in a fire yesterday afternoon.

The 73-year-old woman, who shared the uninsured three-bedroom wall house with her son Wayne Breedy and two grandchildren, was reduced to tears as she watched firefighters tackle the blaze.

Graham, who had lived there from age five, said: “I ain’t save nothing – everything gone, gone, gone.”

She said she was at home reading an election circular, after having given her infant grandson another to place in his father’s bedroom.

“I was just sitting in the front [of the house] when I heard him shouting, ‘Gran, come quick! My daddy’s bedroom on fire!’ When I get there and try to catch water and wet it, by that time the smoke was too much and I could not see anything.  The fire was too much, so I just try to get outside and I do not know what else happen after that,” she said. (LK)

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Posted by Randolph Welch 1 year, 8 months ago
Too many house fires in Barbados!! what 4-5 in the last 5 months or so? This need to be question

Something seems strange here

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Posted by RANDY BRIDGEMAN 1 year, 8 months ago
Well we don't know yet the cause of this fire. So it won't be a prudent thing to jump to conclusions about how it originated.

The poor lady looks distraught as one would imagine a fire victim. However, though her home suffered extensive damage, there was no loss of life. And we thank the Lord for that as it could've been worse.

Shouldn't those responsible for home construction be looking into utilizing more fire proof/resistant materials when building? This may help. In addition, how about insurers putting their heads together and exploring the possibility of offering more fire insur-ance coverage for owners at the lower end of the economic scale?

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Posted by dirtyokra two point o 1 year, 8 months ago
Home owners insurance. Make it mandatory and affordable. If your home is worth over X amount of dollars it must be insured.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 1 year, 8 months ago
Thank God there was no lost of life. There are still too many houses, (especially wooden houses which are a greater hazard) uninsured. I suppose that the people who need it most, are the ones considered the greatest risk and hence higher premiums which they can ill afford to pay. Besides, the fact that the insurance industry is so unregulated and uncertain these days, only adds to the headache.

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Posted by Kay-rani Rosita 1 year, 8 months ago
@dirtyokra two point o
And what about people’s rights what happens if they cannot afford to pay?

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Posted by Randolph Welch 1 year, 8 months ago
Well said Bridgeman. Only yesterday i made this comment and today as soon as i open the New Paper guess what i saw

Another house gone up in smoke today again, something needs to be done.

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Posted by dirtyokra two point o 1 year, 8 months ago
@Kay-rani Rosita Premiums are based on assessment of the property and content value. If you have a two bedroom wooden house with an outhouse your not paying the same as the 6 bedroom 4 bathroom wallhouse. Which is worse, coming out of pocket a few dollars monthly or having to replace evrything due to a fire? Moving forward the government could subsidize those who can prove they cannot afford the premiums. As well as make it mandatory to all those who can. The subsidy could work like the medicare systems in Canada or the USA. Think long term fix.

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