Six people, including a member of the T&T Defence Force and two children, are now homeless after fire destroyed their home during the wee hours of Monday morning in Carapichaima.
The fire victims are Errol Edmund, Darren Edmund, Natasha Edmund, Hazel Edmund and two children ages nine and ten.
Speaking with the Guardian Media yesterday, one of the fire victims, a member of the T&T Defence Force, Darren Edmund said he was at work when after 3 am he received a phone call informing him that his five-bedroom concrete house was on fire.
He said his family, including the two children, were asleep when the fire broke out.
“Thank God they were all able to escape in time because the fire quickly destroyed everything…all our clothes, appliances, furniture and all the children’s things were destroyed including their laptops which they use for their online classes were destroyed,” Edmund said.
“Everything gone. The only thing I was left with is my uniform because I was at work when it happened,” he added.
Edmund said that while the fire prevention officers were expected to return at the scene of the fire to carry out extensive investigations to ascertain the origin and cause of the blaze, preliminary investigations revealed that the fire may have started somewhere around the middle of the house and its believed to have been an electrical issue.
“The fire officers said they will return to investigate further but they said, for now, it looking like electrical that caused the fire,” Edmund said.
He pleaded for help for him and his family, “This is a hard time for the entire country I know but if anyone could help us rebuild and start over we will really appreciate it.”
Edmund said so far, officials from the Couva North Member of Parliament visited them and advised as to the next step they can take in the interim.
“The MP (Ravi Ratiram) did not come but he spoke to us and said that he will come by maybe tomorrow morning (Tuesday) to see how he can help us move forward.”
“It is very distressing for us right now but thank God there were no lives lost and no injuries,” Edmund said.
An official from the Couva North MP’s office confirmed to the Guardian Media that the office manager, Bheemal Ramlogan and field officer, Hemant Maharaj visited the scene of the fire following instructions from Ratiram and spoke to the victims.
Anyone willing to assist the family can contact them at 349-1339 or 680-8148 or deposit funds at First Citizens Bank #1701656.