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Jul 8, 2014

Fire In Hattieville Leaves A Family of Thirteen Homeless

Over the weekend, sixty-six persons were left homeless when a fire spread through the Boca del Rio area of San Pedro gutting eight houses. The origin of that fire remains under investigation but tonight there are thirteen additional persons left without a roof over their heads in the Hattieville community. It took less than half an hour for a fire to destroy a two-storey wooden building on Monday night. The Hyde family was watching television when they were interrupted by the blaze which started from the lower flat of the building. Duane Moody reports.


Eloise Hyde, Fire Victim

“It is sad Duane; you know I see you know and the next time I noh see you, that it how we are. It is sad; it really sad. I don’t have anything…nothing, nothing.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

It is a sad time for a Hattieville family because the two storey wooden house destroyed by fire was home for thirteen persons—six adults and seven school-aged children. Justice of the Peace, Eloise Hyde was on the upper flat along with her other family watching TV when she was alerted by one of her grandchildren that the house was accidentally set on fire by one of her own.


Eloise Hyde

Eloise Hyde

“I was upstairs looking at game show on TV along with my rest of peoples and my grandsons, I sent them downstairs to look on cartoons on the TV and apparently the one for my son was so mischievous he went in the room and found his father’s lighter and he mussi catch it with fire catch the paper with fire. It get way because he run outside and tell my next grandson, RJ come and help me out this fire, fire catch. And when RJ look in the room he saw the fire the get away and he ran upstairs and he said, Gran he say AJ catch the house fire, he say fire, fire. And I feel the heat and I smell the paper the burn and I asked them girls I said uno run go downstairs go check see what the happen. When dehn run downstairs it was all in flames and I d upstairs and I d try move and I can’t move and my sugar, pressure everything gan up. And I feel the heat under my foot and I say make I get out. And I remember my purse and gan for it and the smoke was in the room and I get it dah like I mi the go from myself but I get my next lee baby and I get out and I tell everybody, uno go, uno evacuate go. When I get downstairs everything was all in flame, all in flames.”


Tiesha Thomas

Tiesha Thomas, Fire Victim

“When my granny said fire, I mi think dah play when I gan outside pan the front veranda and look I see fire fi true the come through he window da front through he room. And by the time I run back inside the whole house done have lotta smoke and thing I couldn’t do nothing so I just run outside yo know.”


Less than half an hour later, all her years of hard work were reduced to ashes. Fire fighters were called out by police and quickly responded, but the structure was completely gutted by the blaze.


Orin Smith, Station Officer, National Fire Service

Orin Smith

“At approximately 9:05 a.m. we received and responded to a call to a structural fire in the Hattieville area, the call was made by the police on arrival on the scene, we found one two storey wooden structure fully engulfed in flames. The fire was later brought under control and extinguished. Investigation that fire revealed that the fire originated in a room from the lower flat. It was uncovered that a minor was experimenting with fire and as a result that fire occurred.”


The family is currently being sheltered at the Hattieville Government School and they are asking for assistance to rebuild a house.


Derrick Banner

Derrick Banner, Relative

“All we would ah want dah make Miss Dolores weh da fi we area representative come in and try help the JP and also Miss Beverly Castillo. They could help, anybody could help noh only they, anybody weh have love come forward fi the JP and give the lady a lee help. Ih done use to live and got everything, ih light, ih water and everything but now ih need. So uno please help, give generously, fire could come knock da anybody door anytime please give generously and help please. I did beg from the bottom of my heart.”


Eloise Hyde

“Right now I noh see nobody who dah the chairman who da whatsoever in charge in the village, but you know I look up, without God and health and strength that everybody saved, that dah weh I thank God for.”


The estimated loss is upwards of twenty thousand dollars. Duane Moody for News Five.


Anyone who would like to assist the family is asked to call Eloise Hyde at 627-4160.


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2 Responses for “Fire In Hattieville Leaves A Family of Thirteen Homeless”

  1. disownmicountry says:

    Was this fitr in Hattie ville or Dan Pedro?

  2. disownmicountry says:

    San Pedro?

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