Fire destroys homes in Zicack, Morne Prosper

The fire in Zicack this morning

Two fires in Morne Prosper destroyed two houses and left four people reeling while a house in Zicack was partially destroyed, also by fire.

PRO of the Dominica Fire Service Philbert Samuel said fire officers from the Fire Service Headquarters responded to a report of a fire in Morne Prosper at around 3:56 this morning.

Samuel reported, “Upon arrival the officers met a two-bedroom house constructed of concrete and imported lumber completely ablaze. The house belonged to Glenis Isles and was occupied by a family of three, Ali Eusebe, Aliani Eusebe and Shanize Maximere. The building and its contents were completely destroyed.”

Meantime, while the officers were concluding their firefighting efforts at that location they were alerted to another fire in the vicinity, at a house belonging to Tony Isles. That building was also completely destroyed.

One of the fires raging this morning in Morne Prosper. Photo by John Christian

Samuel stated, “The causes of both fires are under investigation and the Service has not yet ruled out the possibility of arson.”

In related news a fire in Zicack, Portsmouth early this morning has caused major damage to a home and left the three occupants reeling and some of their belongings destroyed.

According to Samuel at around 6.05 this morning, fire officers of the Portsmouth Fire Station responded to call of a fire in the Zicack area. They arrived to find a concrete and lumber house ablaze.

The home was occupied by Shanika Hallsborough, Evelyn Hallsborough and Shermyra Lendon. None of the three occupants were injured in the fire. Due to the efforts of the firefighters the building was only partially destroyed.

Samuel reported that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Remnants of the house destroyed by fire in Morne Prosper. Photo by John Christian

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42 Comments

  1. real sin
    November 7, 2011

    WELL I’VE GOT TWO EXTRA BEDS AND I DONT LIVE THAT FAR SO I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH LENDING A HAND

  2. real sin
    November 7, 2011

    wait a while i not satyin portsmouth man i doh even no dat nuh alas i feel ure pain

  3. people people people
    October 11, 2011

    sorry to hear that u lost ur home because of a fire. i feel ur pain but i think it should have fire hydrants in communities not only cities because is not only in cities it does have fires when i say dat i doe mean it doe have it should just have more so like 1 so that 4 households can share and they should have a hose i mean………….. we have to give ideas to develop our country. people :cry: an wi :-D an some of us doe care cause is not by us an ting but i care cause i’m dere to help build the economy 2 so all dem who doe really mind dat i was :cry: with them ppl it touched mi to see dem homeless nothing left boi it is :( i can feel their pain an allde need is “HELP” “HELP” “HELP” “HELP”

  4. Justice and Truth
    October 7, 2011

    I am sorry to read about your loss. I do hope that they have fire insurance and other types of insurance. Pleased to know that no one was injured. Take heart. God bless you and comfort you.
    I am wondering if these fires were through natural causes.
    I do hope the Police investigation will be thorough and eventually determine the cause of the fire.

  5. October 7, 2011

    That is just sad that someone would lose there house like that. :cry:

  6. Anonymous
    October 7, 2011

    no the one morne prosper is something else boy

  7. October 7, 2011

    who every you are get your facts stright please.and mind your own business who,s the hell is casimer isles

    • Justice and Truth
      October 7, 2011

      @ concerned

      Are you really concerned? What is your problem? :twisted:

  8. Anonymous
    October 7, 2011

    mam get your news good who every you are tell me if you know so much about the house,come with your land paper.jah bless

  9. RESPECT
    October 6, 2011

    JUST A SUGGESTION PLZZZ BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE AND TERRAIN OF OUR BEAUTIFUL BELOVED LAND DONT YOU THINK SOMETIMES CALLING THE FIRE N AMBULANCE IS OF NO HELP THRU NO FAULT OF THEIRS.. WE NEED A VILLAGE OR SOMETHING ELSE TO DEAL WITH FIRE..AT LEAST A FIRE HINDRANT A FEW PLACES IN EVERY VILLAGE SO VILLAGERS CAN USE TO EXTINGUISH A BLAZE B4 THE FIRE SERVICE SHOWS UP..TRUST ME MOST TIMES OR EVERY TIME IF THE FIRE IS NOT IN THE TOWNS THEN TO BAD FOR THE BURNING BUILDING.LET’S TRY THAT AS A COUNTRY..SOMETHING TO LOOK AT..

    • Justice and Truth
      October 7, 2011

      @ respect

      “A fire hydrant.”
      However I do agree with your views and suggestions. This is something the government should look into seriously without much ado and implement.
      I understand that when a fire occurs, people panic and do not know what to do.
      The government should train people in fire prevention and how to quickly put out a fire.

  10. Practical
    October 6, 2011

    * CORRECTION _ sentence should read “There is an appeal….” not “THEIR”

  11. Practical
    October 6, 2011

    Newee..thanks for the correction but it really does not matter whose house it is or how many children the owner has overseas and home. The fact is a family has lost everything and this could have been a fatal blow for their families. Ma Coralie could have been morning her daughter and grand children today!

    DNO please get your info up to date and facts straight. Fistly, the family surname is “HOLSBOROUGH” and secondly, “THEY LOST EVERYTHING IN THAT FIRE” 14 yr old Shermyra has lost all her school books, wear and so forth. Their is an appeal to help them restore their lives and goods, especially the young lady get back to school.

  12. forreal
    October 6, 2011

    since the fire service seem to get the shitty end of the stick,according to some of the comments posted here,i think the fire service should start an education drive based on home safety and environment everyday activities,because i mean like two to three houses getting burnt is like a record man,for years this types of disasters been taken shape in dominica,and it is like out a hand,with had fatalities where parents live their children home alone with a lamp or candle burning,and then the ugly head of death shows up,i really think people need to be made aware of the simple things that can cause fires and thus heartache,pain and misery,let me also add people should learn to respond to that type of situation,not just depend on the fire service to show up,do the human water chain,old school.

  13. nyel
    October 6, 2011

    hmmmmmmmm

  14. October 6, 2011

    :cry: de fire department could have done there job but because of domlec that gave poor service the firlfighter couldn’t have out d fire. It had an electrical wire sparking.that was jus poor service but everyone is ok my heart goes out to the family stay strong

    • concern child
      October 7, 2011

      do you think that domlec is just sitting by the phone waiting for some one to call to report a fire. domlec is not the fire service and they should be trained to handle live wires since they are usually the first responding to the fire

  15. October 6, 2011

    MY HEART AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILIES,IT IS SAD TO HEAR.

  16. wrong info
    October 6, 2011

    Dear ADMIN…….the name is Glenis Isles..in addition the the firefighters did nothing to out the fire….they had no water!
    the second fire was not in the vicinity of the first fire it is very far apart!!!
    The fire service in dominica is very poor…how can u come to put out a fire at 3:56am(approximated time) and have no water or a water hydrant in the vicinity. all they were doing is standing watching the fire until it out by itself…..it also alleged that the fire in portsmouth happened very close to the fire station and yet still the figher fighters took hours to come

    • G.I Joe
      October 6, 2011

      The emergancy services in Dominica is a joke.

      The same applies to the ambulance service that has to come from Roseau to deal with a case in Salisbury.

      They might as well rename it to Roseau Fire Department and Roseau Ambulance Service. If you have a true emergancy outside the Roseau area, you would be dead before they render assistance.

      They should have benchmarks on the amount of time it should take for the emergency services to arrive at a call and have stations in various parts of the country to meet those benchmarks.

      Safety always seems to be an afterthought in Dominica.

      When it comes to fete and party, everybody cares. When it comes to the real important issues, no one seems to care until they are in a pickle.

      • Anonymous
        October 7, 2011

        Have you seen the road to Morne Prosper? How did can a firetruck speed up that hill. I agree the emergency services are terrible here. Even in my village there is no fire hydrant, so if my house was on fire they would have to bring water. This country is building itself from the top down. It must crumble, it have no foundation.

  17. birdy_1964
    October 6, 2011

    Thanks dino, Oh my this is an old primiry school friend of mind from zicack, everlyn holsbrugh, I never new you were in dominica, I am alive i live in holland, please email me.joyshy_cat@hotmail.com. you were my best friend in government school, how is your sister cheryl, heather,veda,you had an older sister, your mom & dad give all my regard. I need you to contact me. love everlyn. do you still have your nice long hair, thanks again DINO.

    • Puss
      October 6, 2011

      what’s with the thumbs down the lady is trying to contact a long lost school mate. Thaks to DNO for these post one never know when they will see a friend name pop up. i hope the family get help god bless

      • Justice and Truth
        October 7, 2011

        @ Puss

        I have noticed that when people share some important information they give thumbs down. These people who do so have a major problem and mentally so. I do wish they would not do that.

      • forreal
        October 8, 2011

        you are so right,about this thumbs down,i was kind’a taken back,not only the contact the person might get some assistance,god works in mysterous ways.

  18. Anonymous
    October 6, 2011

    sad they lost their house

  19. Anonymous
    October 6, 2011

    everything gonna be alright..let jesus take the wheel he will stare you all in the right direction..the most important is life, as long as there is life and good health there is hope..

    • Abu
      October 7, 2011

      Stop putting Jesus in that, he is not the Creator. Stop the polytheism and blasphemy.

      • Justice and Truth
        October 7, 2011

        @ Abu

        Who are you? Jesus is not the Creator? He said “I AM. Before Abraham CAME I AM. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” What does this tell you?
        How ignorant are you in the faith of Christianity?
        It is said that God became man. He came to earth.
        There is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit – The Triune God – All Three in One.
        This may be difficult for you to fathom and comprehend because it appears that you may not have been taught or that you renounced your Christian faith. Nevertheless, whatever your views, you cannot change a thing. Accept it.
        I always state that when you (we) die the truth of the matter will unfold. Some will be elated and stand in awe that they believed for all eternity. Others who do not believe will regret it eternally where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
        IT IS BETTER TO BELIEVE THAN NOT TO BELIEVE…

      • real sin
        November 7, 2011

        @ abu are you ok U NEED JESUS IN URE LIFE we no is not jesus dat is the creator and is god but doh make it sound so…………… stop bein so small mindede an get a grip I WILL PRAY FOR U TONIGHT cause i realy dont no how a decent human bein can uter such words GOD BE WITH U

    • TeteMorne I from...
      October 7, 2011

      If Jesus takes the wheel and STARE the in the right direction, well, they still in a lot of trouble. :mrgreen: I think he needs to STEER them in the right direction. Just had to kixx off… :lol:

      • Woodford Hill girl
        October 7, 2011

        Lolol my people, got to love you all

  20. Watching
    October 6, 2011

    Fire! A good servant but bad master. Praise God no one got hurt.

  21. m
    October 6, 2011

    thats right by the playingfield?????

  22. possitive
    October 6, 2011

    Stay strong evo and miss coe, god be with alu, possie people are a strong and resilient people, alu will rise from that catastrophe

  23. Nikkei
    October 6, 2011

    STAY STRONG SHANIKA,MISS COE,SHERNIRAH, EVERLYN,MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU,ALL GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

  24. concerned
    October 6, 2011

    Nobody was hurt happily. It is Ma Coralie house.

    • Domerican
      October 6, 2011

      Thanks for that info. I was trying to figure out whose house. How sad.

    • Newee
      October 6, 2011

      It is very very sad, but Please allow me to correct you, it is NOT Ma Coralie House…. whoever she may be!! The house belonged to Mr and Mrs Casimer Isles (deceased) and as such was the lawful property of their 7 children both here in Dominica and abroad…. check your facts…. I regret the position of the occupants of the house at the time of the fire and we give thanks tot eh Almighty that they are safe and well.

      • Anonymous
        October 7, 2011

        mam,get your news good.because where everlyn and shanice and her child is going to sleep.could you please mind your own business .and who,s the hell is casimer isles .jah belss

      • WONDER WHO
        October 10, 2011

        YOU, GET YOUR FING FACTS STRAIGHT,CASIMIR ISLES DID NOT HAVE 7 CHILDREN HE HAD 21 CHILDERN AND WHO THE F ARE YOU TO KNOW WHAT BELONGS TO WHOM?
        AS FAR AS THE LAW IS CONCERNED ALL CHILDREN HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS.BOTH THOES IN D/A AND ABROAD.

  25. Satelite
    October 6, 2011

    Sad news, hope everyone is ok. It appears that someone has lost a place to rest their heads, lets reach out to those affected.

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