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Charlestown fire claims the lives of three children and an adult

Last Saturday’s fire in Charlestown once again brings into focus  the safety hazards and protection offered by the use of  grill work on buildings especially residential properties. The building in Charlestown which was consumed in flames was heavily grilled and proved to be one of the  contributory factors in the perishing of the four persons. It is unclear what are the regulations if any governing the use of grillwork  on buildings.

In that fire the Guyana fire Service is still to determine the cause of the mysterious Charlestown fire that claimed the lives of three children and an adult on Saturday morning.

One person managed to survive the ordeal, Yolanda Cordis, 20-years-old , suffered severe burns and has been admitted to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.

Speaking to Capitol News today, Chief Fire Officer, Marlon Gentle, said, that the survivor account would be one of the key components in the investigation.

The four bodies were removed from the burnt out building just after 10 :00 Saturday morning. They were identified as 25-year-old  Abiola Cort,  3-year-old Justin Kellman, Kelisha Solomon, who is also 3 and 1-year-old Akesha Cordis. As  word got around of the tragedy family members rushed to the scene only to be met with horrific  news.

Sherwin Codogan, a neighbor, said, that he saw flames coming from the western side of the home he said he immediately alerted residents.

Another neighbor said they formed a bucket brigade to put out the flames but the fire quickly spread and got out of control.

The residents said that the Guyana Fire Service was prompt and contained the flames from spreading  to any of the other nearby buildings.

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