On Saturday evening (Nov. 16) between 5:00 and 5:30 at Sunbilt, Castries, the house of an elderly resident known as Miss Rose was burnt to the ground.
Miss Rose was removed from the house by helpful neighbours and is now being looked after by them.
The house was a small wooden structure in which Miss Rose, a vendor at the Castries Market, resided alone. The structure burned quickly and was flattened by the flames within minutes. The house was only feet away from another residence and separated by a gutter and some trees.
Many residents converged on the area as fire officials put out the blaze and secured a nearby structure. A resident of that house was visibly shaken as she stood outside of her house which obtained minor damage from the blaze. Though she may have had to stay elsewhere for the night, she was happy that the damage was contained.
Though the cause of the blaze is not yet known, police and fire officials were on the scene shortly after the blaze was discovered. Some residents reported hearing an explosion just prior to the fire becoming visible to them.
Sunbilt residents are indeed thankful for the swift action of the Fire Service, WASCO and LUCELEC who responded to the call for assistance.