There was nothing that the 91-year-old woman known to the people of a Bank Hall community as Ms Peters could say as she stood before the charred ruins of a house this morning.
She would not speak to journalists because the unspeakable had happened; she lost her home and almost everything she owned to fire at Buckingham Road, St. Michael.
The still of a cloudy morning in the community barely stirring to life on a Wednesday morning was replaced by a frenzied rush to save the life of the elderly woman who lived alone.
Just before 7 a.m., the alarm went up that Ms Peters’s house was on fire, eyewitnesses told Barbados TODAY.
They said they first got an inkling that something was wrong after they saw smoke drifting from the back of the house.
But by then it was almost too late, as the smoke quickly became blaze.
Just after an unidentified man managed to lift the senior citizen to safety outside to the roadside, flames quickly engulfed the house.
A lone sofa was the only item saved.
In visible shock and speechless she had no words for reporters while neighbours sought to comfort her.
A team of eleven fire officers from the
Probyn Street Fire Service headquarters battled the blaze.
There was no word up to news time on where Ms Peters would lay her head tonight, and what assistance she might receive, or whether she had any relatives with whom she could seek shelter.
The cause of the fire has also not been determined officially by firefighters.
The smouldering ash, embers and sooty timbers spoke where an old woman could not. A poor woman’s possessions accumulated over nearly a century were gone.
But Ms Peters of Buckingham Road, unlike many a contemporary before her, was on Wednesday at a loss for words but in full possession of her life.