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Fire leaves 12 homeless in Falmouth

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2015 | 4:58 PM
One of three houses ablaze in Falmouth Gardens in Falmouth, Trelawny.

Twelve persons are now homeless after fire destroyed three houses in Falmouth Gardens in Falmouth, Trelawny Friday night.

“I see it and hear it but you don’t expect it to happen to you, nothing was saved,” said Sonia Clarke, one of the victims of the fire.

Damage has been estimated at J$20 million. The fire is suspected to have been triggered by an electrical overload.

The fire, which started in one of the houses about 11:00 p.m., quickly spread to two adjoining houses and gutted them. A unit that responded from the Falmouth station of the Jamaica Fire Brigade developed mechanical problems and was unable to provide assistance. A team of firemen arrived on the scene in a private car but their attempts to put out the blaze were curtailed by the absence of water in the nearby fire hydrant.

Another unit from the Ironshore station in St James responded but was too late to save any of the houses.

Clarke, although she lost all her belongings, still expressed appreciation to the firemen for their efforts.