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Fire victims vow to stay the course despite the attempts to remove them

shot0011A defiant  Jacquelyn Soares speaking to Capitol News today at her Quamina Street home. Soares vowed not to give up on the place she called home for the last 37 years. She said repeated attempts were made to force her off the land. The woman said her property was also demanded by a businessman but she produced the relevant documentation.

Soares said she is upset with the Police for not doing a thorough investigation into the mysterious fire, which gutted two building and scorched hers.

Soares has started reconstruction on her home and plans to move back in by the weekend.

It is almost three weeks since the buildings were burnt and the victims are of the firm belief that the fire was the work of a suspected arsonist.

Some 16 persons are now homeless and millions of dollars worth in damage left behind.

Just before the GRA parking lot was constructed at the corner of Camp and Quamina streets the building was at the center of a court dispute. The alleged owner Brian La Fleur vowed not to give up his property without a fight, but the building was gutted in a similar fashion.

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