President Paula-Mae Weekes has paid tribute to the late Nobel Laureate Sir Vidia Naipaul who died at his home in England on Saturday.
The full text of her statement follows:
A call is being made for a fire station to be built in Cedros, after a house fire left a couple and their three children homeless yesterday.
Johnny Lalloo, 41, a self-employed construction worker, his wife Natasha Paul, 37, and their children Jessica, 14, Narine, 10 and Natasha, five, spent last night at a neighbour’s house following the incident.
Lalloo said that around 4.10 pm, about five minutes after they left their St Marie Village home to go for a drive, someone called to say their house was on fire. He said when they got back their concrete and wooden house was completely engulfed in flames.
“We lost everything. The councillor help us out with mattresses but we have nothing,” he said.
Lalloo had no idea what caused the fire and estimated his losses to be approximately $175,000.
Cedros councillor Shankar Teelucksingh described the situation as sad. He said it took fire-fighters based at the Point Fortin Fire Station about an hour and 15 minutes to arrive on the scene.
“We have been calling for a fire station in Cedros for a long time. We have asked the National Security Minister, who is the MP, to establish a station here.”
He said the fire took place about four buildings away from a gas station and had the fire spread the situation could have been worse. He said there was land available in Cedros but if money is an issue he suggested assigning a fire tender, ambulance and the necessary manpower at the Cedros Security Complex, where the Coast Guard and the police station are housed. Anyone wishing to assist the family can call 274 2476 or 296 8288.
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