her mother, sister, niece and her three children -- Paloma, 10; Paul, 8; and
three-year-old Petal -- survived the blaze, said to have started around
22:00hrs and caused widespread panic in the Kissoon Housing Scheme
and her mother sustained severe burns to their faces as a result of the fire
which left behind some $25M in losses. According to Galdino, it was the
screams of her neighbours and the intense heat which propelled her as she
rushed to save her children from the inferno.
Surrounded by relatives, neighbours and friends, an obviously distraught Galdino told the Chronicle that she’d worked many years to achieve what she had, only to loose it all. “All those sacrifices and hard work and nothing was saved, everything lost,” she said.
WHAT’S NEXT? Galdino’s mother, Rosy, seated right, seemingly contemplates her next move as some of the young ones take a well-earned nap. Keeping her company is her grandson, Paul and a relative, seated first and second left respectively.
(Photos by Adrian Narine)
As if to
add to the burden eating away at her insides, Galdino said her husband, who is
currently in the ‘interior’, knows nothing of the fire and attempts to
contact him have so far proved futile.
however said she is extremely grateful to her neighbours who formed a bucket
brigade to help her salvage at least the physical structure of the building.
neighbour, Ms. Savi Gafoor, who witnessed the fiasco from beginning to end,
had the courage to voice what was on everyone else’s mind, this being that
the slow response of the Fire Service was to blame for the fire getting out of
hand, and that shoddy work by Guyana Power and Light (GPL) staffers is what
caused it in the first place.
corroborated by Galdino, who said GPL workers went to her home yesterday
morning and just carted off their connections without saying a word to her as
to whether there will be an investigation into the incident or not.
to her aunt, Ms Sandra Nimdat, “when the fire service finally arrived, they
come without water and end up having to use the drains and the neighbours’
that had they come prepared, “we could have saved something at least.”
contemplates her next move, Galdino said that for now, her two eldest children
were staying with a friend here in the city while she and her youngest will be
staying with relatives.
“We work hard, but we never expect a fire… and now it’s all gone. The only good thing is that we have everyone alive,” she said. (Vanessa Narine)
ay, March 08, 2009