Government aids fire victims

Government is putting structures in place to help approximately seventeen persons affected by last Saturday night’s devastating fire at

Edward Street in Gouyave, St John.

The fire left three houses completely destroyed and two others partially burnt.

In a post-Cabinet press briefing on Tuesday, Parliamentary Representative for the constituency, Alvin Da Breo said the one-year old ruling New National Party (NNP) government is doing all it can to assist the victims.

According to the Minister of State in the Ministry of Works with responsibility for ICT, he was awaken from sleep by the news of the fire and quickly headed to the area.

He spoke of paying visits to all the victims to make sure that they had accommodation and a place to stay.

He said that a meeting was held Sunday with the victims to get an idea as to what their situation was and what could be done to provide them with as much necessary assistance.

“At that meeting we took vital information from them as to who were on medication and what type of medication they were on, so we (could have) sourced it,” he remarked.

Da Breo stressed that most of the persons affected by the fire are engaged in the fishing business and most of their amenities were destroyed during the fire.

He said that government is in the process of sourcing coolers and scales so that these persons can get back to work as soon as possible to help put their lives back together.

In addition, school uniforms and books are also being sought for the children who are attending school.

The MP for St. John disclosed that a committee has been set up to handle whatever is given to the victims by the public.

“We set up a committee comprising of a representative from the victims, a representative from Social Services, Housing, NADMA and the Church that is geared at collecting things that people will be bringing to the victims,” said Da Breo.

“We are looking at doing a radiothon and also we had a discussion this morning about Mr. Killer leading a concert so that we could raise some funds for the victims because in addition to just building a house you would have to furnish it because they lost everything,” he added.

Police are investigating the circumstances into the fire, as it is still unknown as to how it started.

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