Thirty-three-year-old Sandrene Worrell will never forget the rude awakening she got last Monday morning.
It was around 5 a.m. when her ten-year-old son frantically entered her room to alert her that their timber and wall home at Jackmans, St Michael was on fire.
“Everyone was sleeping and my son came and he woke me up. At first I was in between sleep and wake, so I didn’t really hear what he said,” the mother recalled. But she would immediately catch the word “burning”, which was all that was needed for her to spring into action.
“I got up and I went straight to the kitchen because I saw a lot of smoke in the kitchen. But he told me that it was coming from his bedroom. It was the fan. The entire [electrical] fan was on fire. Even the floor around the fan was on fire,” she recalled.
Her immediate concern was her 15-year-old daughter, who was still asleep in the three-bedroom home.
“I told him to go and wake up his sister. When we opened the door I guess that’s when the fire started to spread,” said Worrell, who lost most of her personal belongings, except for her identification cards and bank documents which to her surprise, were still in tact.
However, in a telephone interview with Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Worrell, who is currently staying with her children at a close relative, said she was both thankful and relieved that they were able to make it out alive.
As she contemplates her next move, Worrell said her immediate concern was getting her children, who attend St Matthew’s Primary and Combermere School, back into classes.
“Right now me and my children are by my sister, not far from where the house was. All the children’s school clothes are destroyed. They haven’t been to school for the week. I’m hoping that they can go back to school by Thursday. We are in the process of getting their school clothes,” she said, adding that some good Samaritans had come to her immediate rescue.
When contacted, Executive Assistant to Opposition Leader Mia Mottley, who is parliamentary representative for St Michael North East, said: “Ms Mottley is well aware of the incident and the constituency branch is working with it.”