Fire ravages Campbellville house

first_imgResidents of Campbellville Housing Scheme, Georgetown, on Friday roused to smell of smoke as their neighbours’ home went up in flames due to an alleged voltage fluctuation in the area at approximately 03:30h.When Guyana Times visited the area Friday, owners of the house, Manex and Alejandrea Powers were not available but a relative who resided there said electrical wires at the back of the house began sparking and that may have been the cause of the fire.The relative stated that prior to this incident, the wires would spark “now and again” and they had reported it to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) which visited the area and declared nothing was wrong with the wiring.“Three days ago, the wire start sparking and we call GPL, they come and check then when they go back they call and say everything alright. Then bout 3:30 this morning (Friday), the wire start sparking and when people run out to assist, everything gone up in the blaze. We aint get to save nothing.” She noted that no one was at home at the time of the fire.Another neighbour of the Powers’, Debra Wilkinson told this publication that she awoke in the dark and knowing that the neighbourhood was to prone electrical fluctuations, thought nothing of it, until she was notified by another neighbour that the Powers’ home was ablaze. She said she immediately called GPL’s emergency line, but was greeted with an impolite employee.Wilkinson said when she asked the employee to assist her in contacting the fire service, the worker refused. However, someone else called the fire service but when the fire tenders arrived no water was available. She highlighted that when a 2nd fire tender arrived with water the fire-fighters quickly managed to extinguish the blaze.“I hear me neighbour scream Debra! Debra! Manex house on fire! So I said okay, I’m calling GPL, when I called GPL, the worker was very rude to me when I explaining to her that the high voltage and low voltage fluctuations cause the fire. I said well y’all help call the fire service and they said we don’t deal wid fire, you call yuh people. When the fire truck come, it aint had no water. We had to wait till the other one come with water. But the fire service did a good job, they put out the fire fast,” the woman recalled.The neighbours said the instability of electricity supply has been occurring in the neighbourhood for some time, but it was during this week that it became unbearable. They voiced that though they reported the matter numerous times to GPL, there has been no tangible rectification of the problem.It was reported that residents of the house were parents to two young children, and have not been residing at the home since the marked increase of power fluctuations.last_img read more

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PLEA FOR END TO MADNESS ON OUR ROADS AS CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL

first_imgROAD safety chiefs have made a plea today to motorists ahead of the rush back to school this week.Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group seek to remind all motorists to put child safety first when driving during the school morning and afternoon rush hour, and remind people that Road Safety is everyone’s responsibility. “The first week of school is always a very busy time on our roads and I would encourage all road users to be mindful that children will again be back making this daily journey,” Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said.He added: “Children will be walking, cycling, travelling on buses and being dropped off and picked up in cars, so motorists need to be alert to their safety and exercise extreme caution. We also need to be aware that there will be large numbers of children attending school for the first time”.“Let’s ensure this is a positive experience for them by slowing down and taking extra care whenever we are travelling near or past a school. Slowing down around schools is vitally important no matter how much of a rush you may be in. All road users must obey speed limits, be patient, and make sure they park safely and legally when dropping off and collecting their children, and motorists are also asked to be extra careful when overtaking parked school buses,” he said.The school warden service caters for a large number of children attending schools in the county on a daily basis during school terms and is delivered at a number of schools throughout the county. The wardens are identifiable by the high visibility uniforms worn, and the STOP sign used to stop traffic. The school wardens, like Gardaí, have the legal power to stop traffic and all wardens are attempting to ensure that children get to and from school safely. In order to carry out their duties effectively they require the co-operation of all road users. Parents and guardians are being asked to make a real effort to demonstrate good road safety behaviour at all times as your child learns from your example. If your child walks or cycles to school, you are advised to take them on the route in advance and make sure they know where they are going. If they travel by car or bus, make sure they know how important it is to keep their seatbelt on at all times and remain seated until the vehicle is parked safely at the drop off point.Parents should be made aware of the need for appropriate and considerate parking in as many ways as possible. Information should be on the school’s website, in the school’s information book and in communications with new parents.The message is clear – make smart choices about how you use the roads: never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and slow down, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving.Children learn about Road Safety by watching others. Make sure you always set a good example, said the Road Safety Officer.“I would also ask schools and teachers to help make road safety a priority once more by making it a key part of their lesson plans. We would ask teachers to consider including a road safety lesson from the RSA’s Road Safety resources in their classes. A Road Safety Education Officer is available to travel to your school and deliver effective programmes to everyone, which tackle all elements of road safety. The Officer will highlight the importance of understanding road safety through a series of interactive resources tailored in an age appropriate way”.This service is free of charge. “The saying is true: ‘Our children are our future’ and we all need to educate them about road safety,” he added.Copies of the resources or the service of the Road Safety Education Officer can be obtained by contacting the Road Safety Authority directly or Donegal County Council’s Road Safety Section, who will gladly assist with the request.PLEA FOR END TO MADNESS ON OUR ROADS AS CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:carcrashdonegalroad safetylast_img read more

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