84-year-old man perished in building fire of Beterverwagting

84-year-old man lost his life in a building fire in Beterverwagting village of East Coast Demerara region in Guyana on 23 March.

Family became victim of robbery in Penal, man got assaulted. Image Credit: Facebook, The Newnan Times-Herald
Family became victim of robbery in Penal, man got assaulted. Image Credit: Facebook, The Newnan Times-Herald

Guyana: An 84-year-old man lost his life in a building fire at West Half Plot OBAZ in the Beterverwagting village of the East Coast Demerara region in Guyana on Friday, 23 March, around 4:00 am. The fire is said to be a malicious act caused by unknown suspects.

The deceased senior citizen, who became a victim of the fire in Beterverwagting village is identified with the name of Moses Elias. Moses Elias was the only occupant of the premises and was also the owner of the place.

The report of the fire was made to the Guyana Fire Service by the people in the locality who noticed the fire raging. In the fire, no other casualties were reported as there was no one else inside the building at the time of the fire except the victim.

To the report of the fire in a building in the Beterverwagting village, the fire department responded and went to the locality with the rescue team at nearly 4:00 am. The firefighters arrived at the location within a few moments with the sixteenth water carrier and the one hundred fifth water tender carrying around seventeen hundred litres of water.

A crew from the fire department including Leading Fireman Petrie, Leading Fireman Legal, and five others took charge of the fire situation at the location, where they witnessed a two level building of wood and concrete burning in the fire.

The fire started the fire extinguishing operation, in which they took the connection of an open water source at the location, utilising one jet from the sixteenth water carrier and two jets from the one hundred twenty sixth light pump.

The team of firefighters took action to take control over the fire, but after their all efforts, they were not able to save the victim old man, and all other things in the premises were also destroyed due to the fire. However, they were able to stop the spread of the fire to nearby residents.

Afterwards, the investigation team took control of the building which got destroyed in the fire of Beterverwagting. After the investigation, it was reported that the fire did not emerge due to any natural cause or accidents but it was a criminal act.

The law enforcement department is now conducting inquiries in the locality and taking the investigation forward in the direction to trace the suspects involved in causing the fire which took a life.