Woman narrowly escapes as her home collapses

Sixty-seven-year-old Maureen Scantlebury’s decision to take an outside bath this afternoon may have saved her life.

The Seaman Village, Brittons Hill, St Michael resident said just as she was about to complete her shower a little after 2 p.m. yesterday, she was startled by the crashing sound of her wooden home tumbling down.

The remains of Maureen Scantlebury’s home.
The remains of Maureen Scantlebury’s home.

The woman, whose home was in dire need of repair, said she had been appealing to authorities for sometime for help in fixing her dilapidated chattel dwelling.

“I [was still in] the bathroom when I hear brugga-down and the house was on the ground. I couldn’t get inside to get anything. I thanking God it ain’t worse and I thanking God it ain’t night time too,” she told Barbados TODAY in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

Scantlebury’s neighbours immediately came to her rescue; one of them providing her with clothing. They are also thanking God that nobody was injured when the house collapsed, but said they were disappointed that she had not receive the assistance she had been asking for earlier.

“This house was bad for a long time. It is a long time she was asking for some help. She ask everybody she could ask. The constituency, Urban Development [Commission], everybody she asked for help,” one resident, who requested anonymity, said.

Maureen Scantlebury said she had been appealing to authorities for sometime for help in fixing her dilapidated chattel dwelling.
Maureen Scantlebury said she had been appealing to authorities for sometime for help in fixing her dilapidated chattel dwelling.

Meanwhile, another resident said just thursday he passed the house and heard it “squeaking”. He said he whispered to himself at the time, “if the wind barely blow too hard this house gone”.

“And to come and see this fall down today, the house rotten, I glad nobody ain’t get hurt,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the National Assistance Board Dr David Durant, who was joined by officials of the UDC at the scene, told Barbados TODAY immediate efforts would be made to provide her with temporary accommodation, at least for the weekend.

The Government senator and pastor said long-term housing was also being organized for the displaced Britton’s Hill resident, who was sharing her home with a companion.

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