Fire leaves St Philip family of eight homeless

With just over two days to go before Christmas, a family of eight has been left homeless after fire destroyed their Hope Land, St Philip home this afternoon.

 Police Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler told Barbados TODAY that the blaze, which occurred around 3:30 p.m., gutted the four-bedroom wooden home belonging to Malacia Job. 

No one was at home at the time, but according to reports, neighbours noticed smoke coming from the house, prompting them to call the Barbados Fire Service.

Two fire tenders and eight officers, led by Acting Chief Fire Officer Ricardo Gittens, responded to the fire, which also slightly damaged Odette Lucas’  wooden home.

The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

However, Cobbler urged Barbadians to be careful about how they go about setting up Christmas lights and other electrical equipment this holiday season. 

“I would like to urge persons to be very careful this season. In the rush of trying to put everything together people sometimes forget to safeguard a lot of things and they sometimes do things like overload sockets. I am not saying this happened in this case, but we want everyone to be safe and enjoy the holidays to fullest and let’s keep these unfortunate incidents to a minimum,” Cobbler said.

10 Responses to Fire leaves St Philip family of eight homeless

  1. Joerg Zindler
    Joerg Zindler December 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    NO! Not fuh Christmas! :'(
    Folks! Help them fuh find a place fuh stay.

  2. Denise Morris
    Denise Morris December 22, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I am so hurt and sad hearing this new

  3. Omar Clarke
    Omar Clarke December 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm


  4. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin December 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm


  5. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow December 22, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Rather unfortunate ,no matter the season

  6. Kim Connell
    Kim Connell December 22, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    So sorry

  7. Cheryl Onita
    Cheryl Onita December 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    So sorry to hear that

  8. Caroline Trotman
    Caroline Trotman December 22, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    So sorry after having 3 days left for Xmas I no how u all feel that this time

  9. Hazel Harrison
    Hazel Harrison December 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    maybe if they can give ages and sizes we can all chip in and ensure they have some clothes and toiletries for christmas it wont give them back their home but it could help them to feel better

  10. Sonia Brathwaite
    Sonia Brathwaite December 22, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    So sorry to hear at this time. May God’s blessings been them. Hope help is forth coming .


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