Cash and other items distributed to Pike Street fire victims

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 8, 2018

Twenty-Four (24) Pike Street residents whose homes were completely destroyed by fire on March 07 have received items including beds, stoves, hamper, food vouchers, and cash ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally, handed over the items to the families and individuals this morning, at the Ministry’s Lamaha, Georgetown.

Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally and the fire victims at the Ministry’s Lamaha Street office.

A mother of two, Onicka Jones, said that the fire has left her with nothing and so, she is grateful for the support.

A father of three children Marlon Thaman and sole breadwinner, noted, “Everything went. My motorbike, business everything, so at least this will help do something, fence back my yard and buy some things to get back my shop.” Thaman explained that he had his own small business that use to support my children. He has a daughter at the University of Guyana and a school going son.”

Minister Amna Ally was hopeful that the items will bring some relief to the families as they begin the rebuilding process. “We are always willing to help. At this point in time this is what we have been able to give and as time unfolds we will be able to look at individual situations”, the Minister explained.

On Wednesday, Minister Ally handed over some clothing items to the families. She also promised to engage the Mayor and City Council to assist the residents to remove the rubble from the site.

At around 3:30 on Wednesday morning, firefighters were summoned to the Pike Street just after fire was spotted in one of the wooden houses. It quickly engulfed that house and by the time firemen arrived, three houses were ablaze. It is unclear what triggered the morning fire.

The Guyana Fire Service is urging homeowners and others to buy and keep at least one all-purpose fire extinguisher, to fight any initial fires that may occur.

 

By: Synieka Thorne

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