Update – housing unit destroyed by fire

Christmas celebrations in the close-knit community of Haynesville, St James, came to a tragic end in the wee hours of Boxing Day.

Fire destroyed the home of, 48-year-old, Sinclair Alleyne and damaged two neighbouring housing units.

A distraught Alleyne told Barbados TODAY he was not at home during the blaze. He received the bad news from his brother.

Nikita Clarke who lives next to Alleyne recounted that she was jolted from her sleep when a neighbour started shouting that smoke was coming from the upstairs of the Alleyne’s home.

Clarke who revealed that the walls and floors of her unit were damaged said it was a bittersweet end to her Christmas celebrations.

“You make sure your house looks a sort of way and then something like this happens,” Clark said as she blamed the incident on poor electrical wiring.

This was third fire in the community for the year and it brought back painful memories for Rosalind McCollin who lost the majority of her home to fire in April 2015.

“I had cold bumps all over me when I came out here and I see how this house and thing gone. These houses need to be upgraded, don’t wait until tomorrow, next year, two years or three years . . . because it is going to get worst,” McCollin lamented.

Opposition Barbados Labour Party candidate for the area, Sandra Husbands, was on the scene when a Barbados TODAY team visited.

She charged that tenants had been ignored despite a petition bearing close to 200 signatures demanding that the National Housing Corporation made rewiring of the Haynesville units a priority.

“The Government has a responsibility to act with integrity towards the wellbeing of the citizens, they need to get up and do their job. This is not good enough,” she said.

Member of Parliament for the area Donville Inniss was also present today and he acknowledged that there was need for the electrical system to be upgraded. However he explained that 75 percent of the units were now owned by their occupants.

“The legal issue remains of who will be responsible for matters such as maintenance and property insurance and such like. That is the grey area right there,” Inniss said.

15 Responses to Update – housing unit destroyed by fire

  1. luther thorne December 27, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Grey area your a$$.
    That is why nothing gets done in Barbados. A lot of folly, a lot of indecision based on crap. Any caring GOVT would have found a way to deal with the situation. The residents warned that this would happen. So what does buffoon GOVT do. Stand idly by and allow a potential disaster to happen. Are we humans – flesh and blood – or a collection of ink on paper ? Was the Law made for man or man for the Law ?

    There is a time when you must take charge and be decisive. These are things that Prime Ministers get involved in and make something happen. Such extenuating circumstances demand discretion and intervention at a particular level, Steupse ! . The GOVT has a responsibility to its citizens. A Prime Minister and his Cabinet need to understand that they are servants of the people.

  2. Jonathan Nurse
    Jonathan Nurse December 27, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Oh my goodness! The Christmas Day celebrations have turned into a state of shock when their housing unit in Haynesville, St. James was subsequently destroyed by fire yesterday, Boxing Day, December 26th, 2017. We will pray for them.

  3. Lauretta Smith
    Lauretta Smith December 27, 2017 at 6:40 am

    What is the minister of housing saying about this not a word he is busy on face book uncaring goverment

  4. Greengiant December 27, 2017 at 7:01 am

    @luther thorne: Don’t just blame this administration buddy. Like Sandra Husbands and Donville Inniss, we both know that both parties dropped the ball on this issue of handing over these NHC units to the occupants.

    This was conceptualized by the BLP, and continued under the DLP yet none of them have gotten it sorted out legally as yet. With so many lawyers in parliament on both sides why should it take so long? Reality is, both these dead beat parties have used this housing hand over as a political ploy. BLP selling them, DLP giving them away.

    We all know that this ownership transfer will save the NHC considerable amounts of money annually in maintenance, insurance, and other associated cost. The needed changes are to personalize the waste water collection, and to upgrade the electrical. It’s either the government have the owners dig wells, buy the electrical materials, and NHC or GEED handle the electrical. This electrical work could be practical work for students of SJPP and skill’s training under supervision of their instructions. They have to be inspected by GEED regardless.

    It’s not that difficult, so for Husbands or anyone to now blame this government, have petitions signed and all this political stupidity shows how these party’s candidates uses the vulnerability of the people for their own mileage. This practice is disgusting, shows no regard, or respect for the poor people of these urban communities, and says little about the integrity of the candidates. They need to take the same responsibility they want the members of the public to take.

    BLP, DLP needs to be removed from office in this country to give the country and it’s people a real chance to breath new, fresh, clean political air in 2018. If anyone believe that things will change under the BLP, or DLP, you need to think again. Just reflect back from 1986 to 2017, and for those of us who can go further we have the facts since 1976 to 2017. It’s been a political roller coaster of economic instability. We have not benefited from sustainable governance since the early seventies and that’s cause for great concern.

    Our system, under both parties have failed to deliver what we were promised post independence.

  5. Sheron Inniss December 27, 2017 at 7:08 am

    All of the housing units that are under the purview of the government should have the requisite maintenance as necessary.

    Those that are owned by the residents are their business.

    Where did this one fit in the scheme of things?

  6. Patrick December 27, 2017 at 8:11 am

    How the f…k Sandra Husbands know that it is an electrical fault?
    You all people who are political are the worse off in this country.

  7. Patrick December 27, 2017 at 8:12 am

    How the f…k Sandra Husbands know that it is an electrical fault?

  8. Sandra Husbands December 27, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I am accused of desperation, because of my response to the Haynesville fire and the plight of our residents. For once the Minister of Commerce is right. Desperate I am, for a solution to this nightmare with which the residents live day in and day out. Daily they are forced to unplug appliances before leaving home, cannot use three appliances at the same time because the breaker trips. Yes they are fearful of noises when at home, because they have to check just in case of fire. The residents are desperate, ridden by the fear of losing the only home and possessions they have in this world. Desperate in a way that the Minister does not experience with his houses and several blocks of apartments and four top of the line vehicles. My calls for an urgent response by the NHC is because this situation is a hazard to life and property of residents, people, fellow Barbadians who should not be treated in this way or left to solve a problem that is beyond their ability or responsibility to resolve.

  9. A Concerned Man December 27, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    GRENFEL Barbados….. ;-(

  10. Anne December 27, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Having said that Ms Husbands and I understand your passion on this subject which is warranted to a degree.

    But I must add that some of these same residents can upgrade the electric panel on the inside to avoid the breaker tripping – NO NEED for Government intervention here. Just call in an electrician and done – not even an expensive upgrade. You are contributing to being an enabler for some of these lazy, now owners. What the Givernment needs to do expediously is to separate the meters and upgrade them to 210 instead. Work with the ones that are now owners to pay for the installation of the upgrade and this is too the boxes of the outside of the end
    What this Government had done is to turn their backs on their responsibility.

  11. Helicopter(8P) December 27, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Standards Institute should be an overseer of the housing ministry on Electrical circitry, and natural gas distribution and delivery systems. Quality assuarance would be met!

  12. Silver Fox
    Silver Fox December 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    now ok this should be torn down before hoodlums move in and set up camp

  13. Greengiant December 27, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    @Sandra Mason: You ought to be ashamed of yourself, but reality is that candidates from the two leading parties has no shame at all.

    Your party was the elected government for 14 years, you was a candidate during a portion of those years. The problem is that residents are overheating circuits, this has been a problem for decades now Sandra, this government inherited the problem from your party, now they like your party has done nothing. So both of you are the same.

    Don’t chastise Inniss for his apartments, property and luxury vehicles, because you too desire these luxuries, and if you are elected by these poor people, you too like Inniss will acquire wealth and leave them behind. Oh, and on th desperation issue, any candidate who has failed at the polls as often as you have would be desperate. It’s naturally expected that if your party is popular, yet you lose again, that will be then end of the road for you. So your political adversary is correct, “you are a desperate candidate”. You can’t respond to me, because I don’t have apartments or luxury cars, I have a decent level of state funded education, and functionary literacy.

    Don’t care how the political pendulum swings, you won’t cover enough mileage to win your constituency, as you have learnt nothing from the past. You lack the confidence to believe you can win, and waste too much time trying to discredit you opponent.
    I suggest instead you spend that time improving your confidence and building your credibility, the voters have to see you as capable of making things happen, right now they don’t.

  14. Belfast December 27, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Sandra Mason , sir?

  15. Belfast December 27, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Is there anything working correctly in Barbados?


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