Neighbours act quickly to control blaze
Swift action by neighbours today averted major catastrophe for a St James family whose home was affected by fire.
A very distraught Shedell Odle-Gill told Barbados TODAY she believed the blaze was the result of arson. Showing this newspaper where the deadbolt of the backdoor was jemmied open, she contended that someone broke into the Hoyte’s Terrace home and deliberately started the blaze.
“The middle bedroom is what burnt and that is in the middle of the house and from looking in the living room, dining room, kitchen, everything damaged. Some person broke into the house, they broke in from the backdoor and pick way all the lock and burnt the house,” she said, adding that “no person never gave us trouble. This is the first break-in, we don’t usually have break-ins down here. “. . . Everybody down here does live like family. The whole house damaged, the middle bedroom burned completely out and the whole house damaged all the walls and everything just damaged. The kitchen all the blackness and I can’t believe it,” she said.
Neigbour George Grant, who was the first on the scene, told Barbados TODAY that he too was of the opinion that the fire was the work of an arsonist.
It was around 9:30 this morning when he said that he stood from home and saw the fire, but at first thought someone was burning garbage.
However, upon closer look he realized that smoke was coming through the ceiling.
“So I run and call to the house to ask another neighbour to call the fire truck. When I get there, a next-door gate was open and I see a hose on the pipe so I jump over the fence and I start to work. I out the whole of the fire [and] when I get done the fire truck didn’t have to put an inch of water.”
The three bedroom bungalow received major damage to one bedroom with slight fire and water damage to the rest of the house.
Odle-Gill said she was not sure where she, her husband and daughter would sleep tonight but she was thankful to everyone who assisted to save the remainder of the property.