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East Coast Demerara fire leaves elderly couple homeless

The fire at Strathspey, East Coast Demerara.

Fire destroyed a house and scorched a nearby general store at Strathspey, East Coast Demerara.

Traffic snarled as curious motorists slowed down to take a glimpse of the fire.

Fire Chief Marlon Gentle told Demerara Waves Online News that one of two elderly persons living in a small old wooden house knocked down a lamp. The house had no electricity.

The couple fled the building not before the man sustained minor burns to one of his hands.

A small general store located next door was scorched and a number of windows were shattere, said Gentle.

Wednesday night’s fire was the fourth for the week.