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Fire too swift to save much

Randy Bennett

Fire too swift to save much

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A St Michael woman watched on as her house was gutted by fire in a matter of minutes.

And to make matters worse, Virginia “Virgie” Burnett believes the fire was started by a relative.

“He told the fireman he had a lighter and he lit a piece of paper and it caught the bed,” she said.

Burnett, 48, was left shocked and in tears yesterday as her two-bedroom unit located in St Michael, which she shared with her two daughters and four grandchildren was destroyed when fire swept through the residence just after 3 p.m.

All that she managed to save was a chair and a fan.

The adjoining unit was spared any major damage. The occupants of the house who declined to give their names said they only suffered slight water damage to the walls.