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Oct 3, 2019

Fire Guts House in Lords Bank

The day did not start and end well for Arlene Gordon, a resident of Lords Bank, Ladyville. At about seven-thirty, a fire erupted inside her house and spread quickly completely destroying the wooden structure and its contents. Fortunately for Gordon, she was able to safely get out of the house. The cause of the blaze is still unknown. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Early this morning Ladyville firefighters responded to an inferno that was consuming a thirty by twenty elevated wooden structure in Lords Bank Ladyville. The fire blazed for more than thirty minutes before fire fighters managed to bring it under control.

 

Hilberto Romero

Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Fire personnel responded and the building was completely engulfed in flames. Investigation revealed that the owner of the house to be Arlene Gordon of Lords Bank Village. There was no one there when the fire started. Everything was destroyed. We don’t have an estimate on the cost of the building or the contents inside.”

 

The house belongs to Arlene Gordon. Her father, Egbert told News Five that Arlene managed to escape the blaze unhurt.

 

Egbert Gordon, Father of Arlene Gordon

“This morning about seven-thirty my son he worked on the boat and he called to tell me. Somebody called to tell him that the house burnt. Then he informed me.  It was shocking. I was broken down.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Miss Arlene, did she live there alone?”

 

Egbert Gordon

“Yes she lived there alone.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Do you know if she was inside the house when the fire erupted?”

 

Egbert Gordon

“No, I have no idea.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“But she was injured?”

 

Egbert Gordon

Egbert Gordon

“She is safe. Apparently she got out before it was completely engulfed.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Have you spoken to her to find out what happened?”

 

Egbert Gordon

“Well she just said that the house burned because as I told you she has a problem.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir do you believe that the fire broke out accidentally?”

 

Egbert Gordon

“I believe I started accidentally.”

 

The cause of the fire has yet to be established. The house and its contents were completely destroyed.

 

Egbert Gordon

“Well I see completely burn. The whole place destroyed. It was a living house, there was the stove, washing machine and personal stuff. Everything is gone. Nothing was insured.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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