A family of four will be looking for a place to sleep this Christmas after their home was destroyed home by fire.
Susan Lovell, of Halls Road, St Michael, was finishing her grocery shopping when she got a call that her timber and concrete home for past five years was in flames.
The mother of three first question was “where are my children?” Lovell’s three daughters were home sleeping when the eldest 18-year-old Rashida Brewster realized the house was on fire and jumped through the window with her two siblings five-year-old Naomi Charles and two-year-old Niara Charles.
When Barbados TODAY visited the scene, Lovell was in shock and reeling from the reality that all was lost.
“My head is not together so I’m just trying to grasp myself,” she said.
Lovell said her eldest, who is a Type 2 diabetic, was traumatized by the event and in shock that she could have been burnt to death. The mother of three said she’s extremely thankful that her family escaped unscathed.
Two houses owned by Yvonne Clarke and Marilyn Payne received extensive damages as well.
Clarke described the experience as “nerve wrecking” and “frightening”. The 75-year-old was in her living room when she smelled the smoke and heard the cracking of the wood burning. Two of her bedrooms received significant damages.
Clarke’s daughter, Susan Alleyne told Barbados TODAY that she was thankful the fire happened during the day when the road was accessible and fire officials were able to successfully tend to the blaze.
“It was daytime, everybody was able to help. Nobody was sleeping. This gap is really tight, almost everybody owns a car and some houses more than one so if it was night everybody would have been asleep and no fire truck could have gotten up in here and it would have been horrible,” said Alleyne
“How many times do you find a neighborhood where all the houses are in such close proximity and only one house burns? You talk about Christmas magic, this must have been Christmas magic,” she added.