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Anthony Bynoe’s home which was destroyed by fire in Flanagin Place, Reid Lane, Belmont, yesterday.3/14/21

Joel Julien

For months residents of Flanigan Place in Belmont have been experiencing fluctuations in the electricity to their homes.

Sometimes a weird smell would also follow the flickering lights.

They claimed to have reported their concerns to the Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (T&TEC).

Around 1 am yesterday residents, who were awake, experienced both the electricity fluctuations and the odd smell..

But this time something else came with the fluctuations.

As the residents looked outside they saw flames rising from a nearby home.

The two-storey home at the end of the street housed two families.

No members of either of the families were at home at the time of the blaze.

The upstairs apartment was occupied by Anthony “Moose” Bynoe and his son Kwame.

The female occupant of the downstairs apartment was also not at home at the time.

However neighbours heard her dog which was is a kennel near the house howling for help.

The neighbours started a water brigade to help douse the blaze.

A fire truck from the Wrightson Road headquarters responded.

Because of the narrowness of Flanigan Place, the fire officers had to park the fire truck on a property off the nearby Belmont Circular Road to help fight the fire.

The dog was saved and taken to a nearby vet and the fire was contained and prevented from further spread.

The house, however, was destroyed.

The two families were left homeless.

Investigators are still to determine the exact cause of the blaze.

Residents speaking to Guardian Media however are fearful now that what happened yesterday morning will happen again.