Carapichaima family of 11 seeking help after fire guts home

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Carapichaima family of 11 seeking help after fire guts home

A Carapichaima family known for doing a lot of charity and community work is seeking help from the public to piece their lives back together, after a fire completely gutted their home on Monday night.

The family of 11 was left homeless when a fire blazed through the house at Robert Street in Bank Village, Carapichaima.

The victims include three children ages seven, 14 and 15.

The fire broke out around 10 pm, and neighbours quickly formed a bucket brigade and tried to extinguish the blaze. However, the fire spread quickly.

Appliances from the Chaguanas and Couva Fire Stations responded and fire officers worked tirelessly to bring the blaze under control, eventually extinguishing it with water and foam.

One of the fire victims, Rishi Supersad, said there was a power outage in the area for about 15 minutes on Monday evening.
He said the fire broke out under a shed at their home, which house his brother’s power tools and rubber products.

“The fire quickly spread to the main house. Everything was destroyed. We lost everything, even my deceased father’s machine which he did upholstery when he was alive,” he said.

Officers from the Prevention Fire Unit visited the scene early yesterday and have started investigations to determine the cause of the blaze.

Anyone willing to assist the family can contact Rishi at 328-7691 or 735-5707.

(photo courtesy GML)