Corentyne fire leaves farmer homeless

first_imgA fire, believed to be of electrical origin, completely destroyed a Port Mourant, Corentyne home on Wednesday.Deodat Tasso, 46, a cash crop farmer, told this publication that he was not at home when the fire started.The Port Mourant, Corentyne home on fireAccording to the farmer, he was at his farm situated about half a mile from his home all day and upon his return at about 16:00h, there was a blackout in the community. Tasso said he did not venture into his house, but stayed downstairs and was separating vegetables he brought, in which a vendor wanted to purchase from him. He said that he then left and went to a nearby shop when he received a message saying that his house was on fire. According to Tasso, he was away from the building for about ten minutes when he received the message.“When I go back home, I see fire inside the whole house. I run and try to pull some of the pumpkin that I had under the house but the heat was too much,” he said.Villagers tried to form a bucket brigade when smoke was seen coming from inside of the building but to no avail. The farmer was unable to save anything from his home. Tasso has been living at the Port Mourant house for more than 30 years.Meanwhile, one fire truck from Rose Hall Town Fire Service arrived at the scene and fire fighters were able to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.last_img read more