A Siparia family is today grappling with the loss of their house which was gutted by fire on Sunday, the Divali Holiday. Damages were estimated to be over $750,000 as the family lost household valuables, jewelry and money.
Baldeo Soogrim, who works as a sanitation worker with the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, said preparations to celebrate the Divali Holiday had been made as he and his daughter, Vishanna, had laid out the deyas to be lit when they returned to their Rochard Road, Penal home. He said Vishanna had visited her uncle earlier that afternoon and Soogrim had taken his friend to visit a relative. But around 5:00pm, he got a call from his brother alerting him to his misfortune: that his house was on fire.
By the time he arrived home, the flames had engulfed his house and had spread to his neighbour’s abode. The neighbour, who was home at the time, tried to manage the blaze with a water hose. They called the Siparia Fire Station but the Soogrims’ house had already been destroyed by the time the fire officers arrived. The family lost everything in the fire, including the equipment Sooogrim used to ply his trade at the Corporation. He said, “I lost my welding plant, five weed whackers, my pressure washer, two chop saw and my two cars.” He said he was unsure of how the fire began since he left nothing lighting in the house before he left. That Divali night, Soogrim said, he slept in his car and looked at his gutted home from the window.
An emotional Soogrim said he was unsure how he would get money to rebuild his home. His daughter recently started a job as an on-the-job trainee with the Ministry of Education.
Anyone willing to assist the family can contact Soogrim at 799-2454.
Police are continuing investigations.