A family of five has been left homeless after a fire destroyed two dwelling houses in Wesley on Saturday evening. One of the houses was a wooden structure and the other was built of concrete and wood.
Patricia Magloire, her two children and two grandchildren lost all their belongings in the fire which gutted their home and according to family spokesman, Alvin Alexander, are now staying with relatives.
Alexander told Dominica News Online that the fire started at the house of his cousin, Patricia, and spread to the adjacent building which belonged to his now deceased grand parents. He said that building was unoccupied at the time but an uncle, Errol Prince and his girlfriend, lost several of their belongings when the structure got burnt to the ground.
DNO was informed that when the Melville fire station was first contacted, fire officers there said they could not immediately respond as an aircraft had just landed.
While the cause of the fire is still to be officially determined by the fire department, Alexander says it is suspected that it was started by an electrical fault at the home of Patricia Magloire.
However, he says for the moment, their main concern is to find assistance for the homeless victims of the fire.
He is asking anyone who wishes to make a contribution to the affected family to contact the Wesley Village Council or call him at 2761386.