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15 people homeless after blaze

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Thirty-one-year-old Crystal Boyce, her four children and father were among 15 people left without shelter after fire ripped through three houses this morning.

The blaze, which started just after 10 a.m., destroyed two houses and severely damaged another two-storey home in President Kennedy Drive, St Michael. Residents in all three homes are related and only the two-storey building, home to seven people, was insured.

Boyce said she was cooking when she realised that a section of the house was on fire. She raced to pull her four-year-old son from the bedroom and sounded the alarm. Nothing was saved but she was glad they escaped with their lives.

“I had to pull he out first before I start to out the fire. When I start to out the fire now I couldn’t get the fire out and it start to spread pin the blinds and thing and everything start to light,” she said.

The home was not insured and her father had just bought some new furnishings.

Three fire tenders with 21 fire officers responded, but angry residents said there was difficulty in locating the hydrants that caused precious time to pass. (AC)

 

Crystal Boyce, her four children and father are among people affected by a fire at President Kennedy Drive, St Michael, May 2, 2021. (Picture by Lennox Devonish)

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