Fiona Fuller was at church on Sunday morning, October 27, when she got the devastating news that her three-bedroom wooden house was on fire at Cotton Piece district, across from the main gate at West Indies Alumina Company (WINDALCO) in Ewarton, St Catherine.
Fuller occupied the dwelling with her spouse, her 22-year-old daughter, and her three other children – ages 10, six and four years old. No one was injured in the inferno.
The displaced family is temporarily staying at a house owned by Fuller’s mother elsewhere in Ewarton.
“My mother is not here now and it’s her room I am staying in. She is coming back in December, so I just want something to live in by then,” Fuller told The Beacon.
She said persons can assist her through a GoFundMe account that can be accessed by CLICKING HERE, or by making a deposit to ACCOUNT NUMBER 26022 at the Linstead branch of Scotiabank.
Fuller, in the meantime, expressed gratitude to relatives and friends who so far have assisted her in, among other things, quickly getting the children back in school.
She lost furniture, appliances, clothing, important documents, furniture – and of course the house.
Fuller said the Linstead Fire Department is investigating, and is yet to determine the cause of the blaze.
“People are saying that people burn it down; I don’t believe that; I think it is an electrical problem,” she opined, adding that an electrician was called in at one point to address the problem.
Fuller does not think anyone would have burnt the house, considering that she was not involved in any feud, and she was living at the location for more than 30 years.
She also noted that her husband and children were at home, but they did not see when the fire start.
When the blaze was seen, the family quickly sought assistance from the nearby WINDALCO, which is said to have a fire truck. “They said the fire is out of their jurisdiction; they didn’t come,” Fuller claimed.
She told The Beacon that her family resorted to calling the Linstead Fire Department.
“They act as soon as they got the call. By the time they came, everything gone right down… I guess because it is board it went up [in flames] fast,” Fuller added. The house was not insured.
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