Days after fire ravaged a house in Granville, president of the Granville Community Council, Shankar Teeluchsingh has renewed his call for National Security Minister Jack Warner to set up a fire tender at the tip of the south western peninsula. In a telephone interview Teeluchsingh said too many residents were losing their homes because of fires. He explained that the nearest fire station was located in Point Fortin about half-an-hour away from the Icacos point. Teeluchsingh called on Warner to use part of the Cedros Customs building to house a fire tender. "That building has enough room to house a fire appliance and if we have the fire officers present here, it will give us some security," Teeluchsingh said. He explained that before the People's Partnership Government took office, promises were made that a fire station would be located in the peninsula.
Teeluchsingh also called on Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan to have the Cedros Health Centre functioning from 8 am to 10 pm as promised during his last visit. Meanwhile, help has started flowing in for Randy Persad and his family, whose home was burnt down in last Monday's fire. Chairman of the National Self Help Commission, Surujdeo Mangaroo, has promised to give a grant to the family. Persad, his wife, Tricia Matthews, and their children, Jeremiah, 10, and Justin, three, have been sleeping at a neighbour's home since the fire destroyed his entire home, valued $200,000 and his Mazda 323 car, valued $50,000. Persad works as a driver with S&A Hardware. Jeremiah attends Granville RC Primary schoolwhile Justin is yet to be enrolled in pre-school.
Officials of T&TEC have launched investigations into the fire. Anyone wanting to assist the family can contact Persad at 709-7905.