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Newspaper vendor loses Franklyn Town home to fire

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJason Cross
A section of the property that was destroyed by fire.

Newspaper vendor Janice Davis and her family were left homeless after fire of unknown origin destroyed their Franklyn Town home in Kingston last week.

Davis' home was one of several destroyed in the blaze, which affected about 20 persons.

"It was Wednesday gone. I was at work and my daughter called me saying that the place a burn down around 4 p.m. I never go home same time, but I reached home about 7 p.m," Davis said.

"When I reach, I really see what's going on. A fire truck was there, but the place was gone."

Despite losing everything except for a handful of clothes, Davis has managed to remain optimistic.

Since the incident, she has been staying with family members who reside in a nearby community.

Davis' daughter, Peta-Gay Morgan, who is currently pursuing a supervisory management degree at the University of the West Indies (UWI), said the incident was a major setback, especially since she lost most of her school supplies.

"Mi don't have mi own computer now fi do mi work, and I don't get notes. My notes are sent by email, and I can't [do any] research," Morgan said.

Ronald Thwaites, the member of parliament for Kingston Central, where the fire occurred, told The Gleaner that he had offered to help the persons affected by providing food and coordinating relief activities with state agencies.


"I have asked the National Solid Waste Management Authority and the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation to assist with demolition [and clearing of the burnt-out structure] ... as early as possible this week," Thwaites said.

"I have approached Food For The Poor to consider replacing some of the housing stock."

He added: "I've also asked for the councillor in the area to ensure that the children who have been affected and who are in school, that we know of their needs and that we help them to get back to class as quickly as possible, especially since some of them are taking exams."