Thursday, July 02, 2015 -- Kimmo Matthews
TWENTY-FIVE people, including eight children, were left homeless Tuesday night when fire, allegedly set by arsonists, destroyed an eight-room house in Gregory Park, St Catherine.
Police reported that about 7:30 fire was seen coming from the house, located in a tenement yard, shortly after a heated argument among a group of people in the community.
The Jamaica Fire Brigade said a team of firefighters worked hard in trying to contain the blaze but despite their attempts the house was destroyed.
The loss was particularly painful for Anita Wallace, a pregnant 20-year-old woman, who was left contemplating where she would stay with her three-year-old daughter.
"I don't know what is going to happen now; I lost everything for both my daughter and my unborn child," said Wallace, tears rolling down her cheeks.
|The remains of the eight-bedroom Gregory|
Park house that was destroyed by fire
Tuesday night. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)
Her relative, Cassandra Wallace, a mother of two, shared similar sentiments.
"Right now we lost everything; the children don't have anything to wear and no food to eat. I just don't know what we will do," said the distraught woman.
"It really hard to see that I come lose everything; when the fire started I was sitting on the outside [but] I am just thankful that just before the fire my daughter, who was sleeping, woke up and came outside," said Wallace.
Residents said a few minutes after the fire started they were trying to put out the blaze but had to make a hasty retreat when a gas cylinder exploded. more