(DEMERARA WAVES -SNO) — Fire believed to be the work of a mentally ill man, ripped through several old wooden shacks and left at least 40 persons homeless.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the fire that began shortly before 9 am at the congested area on Lombard and Broad Streets, Georgetown.
Residents told Demerara Waves Online News that the man saturated one of the dwellings with a substance and set it alight.
The blaze quickly ate through more than 10 other shacks. One of the residents estimated that at least 40 persons, including children, were now homeless.
Over the years, residents there have been allocated house lots but many of them did not move.
A number the occupants owned expensive household appliances, many of which were saved.