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Fire leaves 25 homeless

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, July 11, 2014    

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MORE than 25 people were yesterday left homeless when a fire gutted two houses in Water Street, off Windward Road in Kingston.

Police reported that at about 5:30 pm residents saw smoke coming from the dwellings and raised an alarm.

"I was at work when I got the call that my house was on fire [and] when I rush come home every thing destroyed," said Tricia Wallace, a 35-year-old mother of four.

"All now I can't believe what happen; my son lost everything," said Sandra Clarke, another resident.

Yvonne Brown fought hard to hold back the tears as she watched firefighters battle the blaze that destroyed her home.

Ann Marie Morrison, councillor for the Rae Town Division, told the Jamaica Observer that the incident has left her in shock.

"I was at home when I received the call about the fire," said Morrison.

She said residents called her because they were not able to get through to the fire station.

A fire brigade spokesman said six units from the Rollington Town and Trench Town stations responded to the fire, but said that despite quick action the houses were not saved.

The brigade was unable to say last night what was the cause of the fire.

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