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Fire destroys three houses, damages others

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Around seven people are today homeless following a major fire at the corner of Oxley Street and Combermere Street, The City.

The blaze, which was reported at 10:30 a.m., destroyed three houses and left another three residences and a church with water and fire damage.

Some 19 firefighters responded to the blaze.

There were no reports of injuries.

Police public relations officer inspector David Welch said the fire was of unknown origin.

Pastor of the Abraham Apostolic Church Brenda Ramsey was praising God, even though she appeared distraught by the damage to the building.


Pastor of the Abraham Apostolic Church Brenda Ramsey.

Somebody save my Bible; thank the Lord,” she said.

Her assistant Amelia Forde said they are still planning to hold service in the building tomorrow.

I can see it [has gotten] a lot of water damage. I can see that we got some damaged windows, I can see carpet damage. The house in the back of the church, which is owned by the church, got damaged also. We’ve got a lot of damage in the bathroom and the doors at the side are damaged also, but we’re giving thanks that it’s still up and could run tomorrow. We’re going to make it run tomorrow,” she said.

Assistant pastor Amelia Forde (left) with  pastor Brenda Ramsey of the Abraham Apostolic Church.

Assistant pastor Amelia Forde (left) with
pastor Brenda Ramsey of the Abraham Apostolic Church.

We’re going to try and clean it up and get in there tomorrow. We aint letting nothing stop we from praising the Lord,” she added.

7 Responses to Fire destroys three houses, damages others

  1. Gina Harewood
    Gina Harewood October 18, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    so sad

  2. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown October 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    sad for these people who have lost their homes and all they have!!!

  3. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham October 18, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    So sad sad sad

  4. Annetta Paul
    Annetta Paul October 18, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Satan you can’t stop the church service. God will restore a bigger and better church. CHURCH TOMORROW!

  5. Shari Murrell
    Shari Murrell October 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    This is so heart breaking, I pray that some help will come to these ppl soon.

  6. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen October 19, 2014 at 6:45 am

    oh no …. such a tragedy for so many people …..

  7. jr smith October 19, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Its satan fault , people are loosing they homes, how stupid, which means god shouldn’t allow this to happen.
    Why don’t you all stop this foolishness.


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