Cross Roads fire leaves 5 homeless
FIVE people, including an elderly man and two children, were yesterday left homeless when fire gutted two houses in a tenement yard in Cross Roads, Kingston 5. There were no injuries reported.
Police reported that about 11:30 am members of the public saw smoke coming from the area located along the banks of the Mico Gully, which runs parallel to Torrington Bridge, and raised an alarm.
A senior citizen, Alvin Lloyd Hart, 77, wept openly yesterday as he watched firefighters fought to put out then blaze. "A don't save nothing. Only the clothes on me back a have," said the distraught senior citizen.
The thick smoke from the blaze affected the operations of several businesses, including COK, as dozens of employees were forced to abandon their stations and go outside.
"Following instruction from the fire department the workers were evacuated," said an employee of COK, who asked not to be named as she was not authorised to speak to the media. She was among a large group of employees who waited in a nearby car park as firefighters worked to bring the blaze under control.