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Two children among four persons left homeless after Portland fire

Published:Monday | January 9, 2017 | 1:57 AM
Patrick Harris, who lost his property and other belongings in a fire that destroyed his home this morning, speaks to his dog.

Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer

Four people, including two children, are now homeless after fire destroyed their house at Cornwall Barracks in the upper Rio Grande Valley of Portland this morning.

The early-morning inferno also wiped out the livelihood of couple Dorrett and Patrick Harris, who lost their grocery shop and bar, along with a substantial amount of money.

According to reports, the fire started about 12:59 this morning, while a wake and a party were taking place in the community.

The events were reportedly affected by a power outage.

The husband reportedly offered assistance to those hosting the wake by using a generator to supply electricity.

Shortly after there was a loud explosion and fire was spotted coming from the property where the shop, bar and a house is located.

Residents, who rushed to the scene of the fire, tried to put out the blaze but firefighters, who arrived shortly, could only carry out cooling down operations.

Assistant Superintendent of the Port Antonio Fire Brigade Everol Brown says the origin of the fire has not yet been officially ascertained.

He says a team of investigators will be revisiting the scene to conduct further investigation to determine the cause of the blaze.

Loss is estimated $6 million.