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All lost to fire – again

Walters Sherwyn

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FOR THE FOURTH TIME, fire robbed Sheldeen Bishop of a home yesterday.
The timber and wall house she occupied with five of her eight children at Quarry Road, Eden Lodge, St Michael, went up in flames that slightly damaged another house.
Bishop was unable to save anything from the house which was provided by the Urban Development Commission just over a year ago.
An emotional Bishop said: “I left home to go to the shop, and two minutes later my neighbour alerted me to the fire. When my neighbour put his hand through the window and opened the door, the flames gushed out the door. It was too much; we could not save anything.”
Fire officials received the call around 1:18 p.m. and two tenders from Probyn Street and ten officers under the command of Chief Fire Officer Wilfred Marshall responded.
It was one of three house fires reported within 24 hours.
At about 1:50 a.m. yesterday a timber building and contents were destroyed at Lower Carters Gap, Christ Church. The house was occupied by Sandra Best-Bynoe.
Two tenders, one from Probyn Street headquarters and one from Worthing, and seven officers under the command of Divisional Officer Glenville Collins responded.
At Yearwood Road, Mount Standfast, St James, at about 4:15 a.m. the timber house occupied by John Pollard was destroyed.
Two tenders, one from Arch Hall and one from St James, and eight officers under the command of Lyson Phillips responded.
The WEEKEND NATION was unable to ascertain whether the houses were insured. (LK)