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Feb 7, 2005

Fire leaves family homeless

Story PictureIt was one of many stories lost in the rush of last week’s events, but on Friday afternoon, while government negotiators were explaining their position to the press, across town a family was losing its home. Patrick Jones caught up with that tragedy this afternoon.

Patrick Jones, Reporting
Brenda Augustine could only stand and watch the remains of what was her home for the last year, after Friday evening?s fire. According to Augustine she was at work when the telephone rang with the bad news.

Brenda Alfred-Augustine, Fire Victim
?Well I still never really believe. When I called by the police station some people they tell me yes it?s true. So when I manage to leave from the terminal I came back here immediately. This is what I find out happened here. Everything just went down in flames and even some of the things were still smoking. So as you could see everything that I struggled for so far, I just lost.?

Augustine says no one was at home at the time of the blaze. Operations Manager at the fire station Michael Middleton says the alarm was raised shortly after five o?clock on Friday evening but by the time fire fighters arrived at 9024 Brown Street, there was nothing they could do but keep nearby structures from burning.

Michael Middleton, Operations Manager, Fire Department
?We immediately responded and on arrival we found the wooden structure totally engulfed in flames.?

Patrick Jones
?Was there anything the fire department could have done to save that structure??

Michael Middleton
?No, there was absolutely nothing because by the time we get there the house was totally engulfed and almost only frames were left up.?

As to the origin of the fire…

Michael Middleton
?Due to the extent of damage we couldn?t really determine the cause. But we can say that the fire definitely started in the north eastern corner of the building.?

Patrick Jones
?Is that the back or the front?

Michael Middleton
?That?s the back.?

For now, Augustine says she and her three children ages, twelve, eight and four years are staying with one of her brothers while she tries to get back on her feet. And for that she is asking your help.

Brenda Alfred-Augustine
?Well in any way how they could assist me, I would gratefully like that, noh.?

Patrick Jones
?Now when you say you lost everything, clothes, utensils, everything??

Brenda Alfred-Augustine
?Everything. Everything. I noh saved nothing because when the fire was occurring nobody was at home. I was at work and nobody could have got in to say save anything, right.?

Patrick Jones, for News 5.

The wooden bungalow house was owned by Andrea Hinks of Caye Caulker and Augustine says it was not insured. Anyone who wants to assist the family can contact Brenda at telephone number 602-7924.

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