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Fires leave one dead, one homeless

The remains of the shack in which Martin lived.

Two fires of unknown origin have left one miner homeless and another man burnt to death, authorities said.

Police said that a man whose only name has been given as Martin was killed by fire that also destroyed his house at Grant 1780, Crabwood Creek, Corentyne, Berbice.

That fire occurred around 1:40 AM Sunday.

Investigators are also probing what led to Patrick Vyphuis’ home at Soesdyke Back Road being destroyed by fire around 11:40 PM.

His house and its contents were burnt around 11:40 Saturday night, just hours after the 34-year old man left for a gold mine.

No electricity was connected to the dwelling. A woman, who neighbours said was seen entering the house twice, has been arrested. Vyphuis is expected to return to Soesdyke to assist in the probe