By Marion Ali, Staff Reporter
A fire at around 4:00 a.m. Friday at #9 Hopkins Street, near its junction with Third Street, King’s Park area, gutted a two-story wooden and concrete house and has left a family homeless.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but fire officials say that the upper flat of the bulding where the fire originated, and which was occupied by one man, had no electricity.
Residents of the area said that while the ambulatory and police services were at the scene within a couple of minutes of them reporting the blaze, the Fire Department took longer to reach. By the time their trucks arrived, the Department’s Station Manager, Orin Smith told reporters that when they arrived the fire was already in the “free burning stage”, which means it had already engulfed the house.
The value of the house is not yet known because its owner, the mother of the man who occupied the upper flat, lives in the United States.
The family affected lived in the lower flat and they moved to that location almost a year ago. They have temporarily moved in with relatives.