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Fire destroys fishermen’s outboard engines, gear

The fishermen’s shacks at Ogle North, East Coast Demerara engulfed in flames.

Fire of unknown origin Christmas afternoon – Wednesday – destroyed outboard engines and fishing gear that were in several shacks near the Ogle seawall, police said.

The fire occurred at about 5:45 p.m. at Ogle Street in one of the shacks used by fishermen and boat owners to store their engines and other items.

Investigators were told that at about 5:15 p.m. one of the fishermen was told that the small wooden structures were on fire.

Apart from the absence of the owners of two of the shacks, police said 42-year-old Suraj Ramchandar of 165 Better Hope and Jerome Pereira of 206 Well Street, Better Hope, East Cost Demerara, each lost one 15 HP Tohatsu outboard motor valued at GYD$515,000 and $250,000, respectively. Bernard Pereira, 42, of 26 Prince William Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara lost four bundles of seine valued GYD$240,000.

Two other occupants were not around at the time of the fire.