Fire-damaged daycare to reopen

Depearl’s Daycare is set to reopen next month, just over two months after the Codrington Hill, St Michael facility was damaged by fire.

Owner Depearl Nurse-Howell said the June 30 blaze resulted in loss of business at the nursery, and also affected her “mentally, physically, emotionally and financially.”

Owner Depearl Nurse-Howell looks on with pride at the reconstructed daycare.
Owner Depearl Nurse-Howell looks on with pride at the reconstructed daycare.

“My body will not be able to go through another six weeks like this again . . . it was just hard,” she told Barbados TODAY. Nurse-Howell said she still had flashbacks to that day, and has

had only “four good nights of sleep” since the fire. “I still hear the voice ‘Pearl the nursery [is] burning’ in my head and I can still visualize the fire. But I try not to let it consume me and [I] move on. I would not wish this for my worst enemy,” she told Barbados TODAY.

Howell attends to her charges.
Howell attends to her charges.

Nurse-Howell disclosed that despite some challenges faced in repairing the damage, work was completed within six weeks and the building was now “better than it was before”.

She also noted it would not have been done without the support of her staff and the various business places which offered assistance.

The daycare is now ready to welcome back its charges plus newcomers when the new school year opens next month.

Happy campers enjoying their vacation at Depearl’s Daycare.
Happy campers enjoying their vacation at Depearl’s Daycare.

Nurse-Howell advised daycare operators to ensure their businesses are properly secured in order to avoid similar incidents.

“Have insurance and . . . to have cameras in their establishment… Cameras tell you everything that’s going on. The good, the bad and the ugly,” she said.

Source: (KK)

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