Friendship house ravaged by fire – owner in custody
Kaieteur News – March 31, 2008
A woman of unsound mind is in police custody after being fingered as the arsonist who set ablaze her Friendship, East Bank Demerara home yesterday afternoon.
The woman, 52-year-old Pulmattie Rampersaud, was taken to the Grove Police Station along with her husband, who was identified as Sham Rampersaud.
At the station, both persons were accusing each other of setting the blaze that completely gutted the two-storey structure.
At the scene of the fire yesterday, neighbours were all of the opinion that the woman had set the blaze since she had consistently been threatening to set the house afire.
One of the neighbours said that the woman was recently discharged from the psychiatric ward of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. This was confirmed by relatives on the scene who declined to be named.
“All I hear is me neighbor holler smoke boy smoke, and when I look the house already in flames…She tell we today (yesterday) that she gun bun down deh house,” said Kumar Persaud, the woman’s next door neighbour.
The woman has also been accused of threatening to set her children ablaze. Kaieteur News understands that the woman is likely to be charged for arson.
Meanwhile, neighbors were in praise of the quick response by the Fire Service which, despite losing the battle with the house, managed to contain the blaze to just that property.
However, the walls of a few neigbouring homes were scorched and a few windows broken.