Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

16 homeless after two fires

16 homeless after two fires
22 Oct

At least 10 people are homeless following a fire in a Christ Church community Saturday night.

Police say they received a report of a house fire in Silver Hill Landing Scheme, shortly after ten.

The fire destroyed two structures. The first, a wooden house owned and occupied by Judy Nurse and five others.

The second was a wood and wall structure owned and occupied by Carolyn Proverbs-Gooding and three others.

Both homes were uninsured.

A third house occupied by Joan Gittens and nine others was damaged by the heat from the fire.

Neighbour Malcolm Tull says it was a narrow escape for both families.

And a family of six is homeless at Stuarts Hill in St. John following a fire Saturday afternoon.

The four bedroom house which was destroyed belonged to Haven Whitehall. He shared it with his wife, son and three grandchildren.

Fire officials responded to the blaze around two-thirty.

Mr. Whitehall who was not at home at the time of the fire was unable to save anything. The house was uninsured. He says the family is staying with his stepdaughter for the time being.

He says he has been visited by the Member of Parliament for the area Charles Griffith who has promised assistance as well as a representative from the Rural Development Commission.

With the recent surge in house fires, the Home Affairs Minister wants more Barbadians to invest in home insurance policies.

Edmund Hinkson's comments come on the heels of several house fires over the course of this month.

Minister Hinkson wants citizens to embrace fire safety practices at home.

And a government minister believes the time has gone when houses can be constructed in close proximity to each other.

Youth and Community Empowerment Minister Adrian Forde says this is even more serious now given the recent spate of house fires in recent weeks.

He was at the time moving a resolution to take note of the green paper on planning law reform.

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