KINGSTON — After weeks of mysterious burnings and reports of people being hit with stones thrown by “invisible” hands, a purported “haunted house” was destroyed by fire at Rose Hall district, in south east St. Elizabeth yesterday.
Reports pieced together from residents and firemen at the Junction Fire Station said the fire started shortly before midday and quickly engulfed the five-apartment building.
Distraught householders said they lost “everything”. The fire department esti-mated the total loss at around $15 million. Family members, who yesterday steadfastly insisted that their names be kept out of news reports, confirmed that the house was not insured.
The Junction police confirmed late yesterday that they were investigating the incident.
A 42-year-old daughter of the householders said any material assistance would be welcomed “because the house burn down and we lose everything”.
Fire personnel said that on their arrival the house was already “engulfed”. They were able to save an old building, almost adjoining, described by relatives and neighbours as an “old outside kitchen”. Firemen described the cause of the fire as “unknown”.
But family members and neighbours were in no doubt that it was merely a continuation of the mysterious happenings occurring sporadically since April 20. They claim several people have been hit with stones and small fires had, on occasion, destroyed furniture, including mattresses and settee chairs. They insist that the cause is “not natural” and is “duppy business”.
The daughter told the Jamaica Observer that in the latest incident, family members found themselves being hit by stones on occasions Monday night to early Tuesday morning.
It was as if the stones were “coming out of the ceiling”, she said. She showed this reporter bruises on her neck and arms as evidence of being hit.
She claimed they left the house yesterday, with some family members hoping to go to the doctor only to hear that the house was on fire.
“Pure fire mi see a bun … the whole of the top of the house pure fire,” a neighbour, who claimed to have been early on the scene, said. (Observer)