AN early morning fire, suspected to have been the result of arson, on Tuesday, completely destroyed two properties at La Grange, West Bank Demerara.
Popular West Demerara businessman, Purushotam Geewan, called ‘Rambo’ is among more than 20 persons who are now homeless and left counting millions of dollars in losses.
Regional Commander, Errol Watts, confirmed that the suspected arsonist has since been arrested and, up to late Tuesday, he was still in police custody.
Reports are that the suspect has an old grievance with the owner of the property, where the fire had started.
The fire started at approximately 01:30hrs at the Lot 36 La Grange Public Road home of Rajmatie and Mahase Anandram.
The couple shared the three bedroom building with two of their sons.
Speaking with the Guyana Chronicle, Rajmatie explained that her husband and the suspect had a grievance some time ago, but had not had any altercations recently.
However, the suspect is well known for repeatedly harassing persons in the community.
“My husband and him had a story like two years ago. He’s not mad, but he likes to drink and he’s like this ‘badderation’ person. He does past here steady to go to my nephew at the back, and sometimes he would trouble [my customers]. I’m a seamtress and my husband is a tailor,” Rajmatie explained.
The woman said from all indications, the fire was set twice.
At 01:30hrs, her neighbour alerted her to a fire at the property.
Rajmatie said when that fire was extinguished, it was observed that the fire was set on a rug that does not belong to anyone in her household.
After the fire was doused, the couple returned to bed. However, 45 minutes later, a fire was observed once again.
“We go back, but I couldn’t sleep. Then I hear something shatter at like 2:15am, and me call for me husband in the next room and she ‘wah happen deh boy’, and he seh ‘fire, fire’ and he seh ‘put on yuh clothes’ but I didn’t get to put on no clothes… the smoke was just too much,” Rajmatie recounted.
As the couple fled their home, Rajmatie said neighbours began to make attempts to douse the flames, and it was then that the suspect was observed after he began to urge persons to desist from putting out the fire.
(Read more at: https://guyanachronicle.com/2021/02/24/over-20-homeless-after-la-grange-fire/)