UPDATE: Fire destroys apartment in Calibishie

A fire at around 8 am this morning has left the George family of Dubique in Calibishie reeling after it destroyed their home, almost entirely.

The top floor of the two-storey building, belonging to Jones George, was engulfed in flames shortly after George’s daughter, Isha, was alerted by a neighbor of smoke billowing from one of the rooms.

“I was in the house and didn’t know that the fire had started,” said Isha, “The neighbor told me about it and I took my daughter and came outside. The fire started in my mother’s bedroom and I’m not even sure what could have started it, because there was no iron or fan on or anything like that.”

Though no one was hurt in the fire, she suspects that the fire may have started as a result of a faulty electrical line which she says had been reported to the power company on a number of occasions, when it had been sparking.

PRO of the Dominica Fire Service, Philsbert Samuels, said that the cause of the fire is still under investigation and that the estimated cost of the damage to the property is still being assessed.

The lower floor of the structure, which Isha used as her salon, was mostly intact, save for water damage from this morning’s attempts at extinguishing the fire.

The family of four occupiing the home included George, his wife, daughter and grand-daughter. Isha mentioned that the family will now have to live with relatives.

“We have family around, so we’ll be ok, the only thing is for how long, because it’s an uncertain situation,” she concluded.

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29 Comments

  1. Lovein-it
    January 15, 2012

    :cry: Hi Muriel its Lido, the images are really shocking and i’m oh so sorry for what happened, but i have hopes by God’s grace things will be ok, be strong and please don’t give up. I’ve tried calling several times but never gets anyone,see if you can bip me at least and i’ll call you back, ok i’ll be waiting. Lots of encouragements and love from Mikaël,Christelle, Ketty and your girl Paula, and likewise me, till then blessings. Saying hi to Jones and Isha, and a big kiss to Isha’s daughter Miss D., bye.

  2. July 31, 2011

    i am all the latest news about calibishie and it is very sad to learn about this tradidy
    i am very sorry to hear about the fire.and also please to hear that no one has died.please be strong. god guidance 8)

  3. jayson
    July 19, 2011

    so sorry to hear

  4. JOYCE JOSEPH
    June 29, 2011

    we are so sorry to hear about your house.but very thankful no life was lost because we cant replace life.just want you to know that we are thinking about you and your family.joyce joseph

  5. the one
    June 28, 2011

    A time to rise,a time to fall but ”’DOMLEC””please for once take you all damn responsibility,,,people we need to stand together and talk about this on talking point ,,,love blessed

  6. sefra
    June 24, 2011

    Uncle jones and aunty muriel i’m so sorry about this tragedy that you have experienced. I strongly believe things will get better, with the help of God and family. That house has truly been a blessing when i came to Dominica. Stay strong and contiue to have faith. miss you guys
    love:sefra, jane &Elford George

  7. NADO GEORGE
    June 24, 2011

    my favourite uncle jones and muriel and my dearest cousin isha i praying for u all i will see you soon god bless you all i cried so much and cannot stop i love you all and not forgetin my baby girl

  8. nicky
    June 23, 2011

    i do not know yoou sir but i feel your pain glad that you and your family are ok hope aa goes well god bless you

  9. curvel george
    June 23, 2011

    to my beloved uncle and family am very sad at your most unfortunate situation at such an unpleasant time , it was good to hear that no one was hurt physically but am sure the emotional pain will last a life time …never the less the entire family will be there to help you in your time of need ..i will keep you all in my prayer and am sure the family will as well ……..curvel george

  10. June 23, 2011

    Sad news.you’re strong and nothing will stop you

  11. June 22, 2011

    TO MY DEAREST BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY. I KNOW THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR U TO SWALLOW I KNOW HOW HARD U HAVE WORKED TO BUILD YOUR HOUSE LITTLE I KNOW YOUR PAIN I SEE YOUR TEARS. REMEMBER MY BIG BROTHER GOD IS IN CONTROL. THANK GOD YOUR WIFE AND DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER IS OK. YOU ARE VERY LOVED BY ALL YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS YOU WILL REBUILD KEEP THE FAITH DONT GET DISCOURAGE MY BIG BROTHER REMEMBER ROME WAS NOT BUILD IN A DAY LOVE U WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS DISASTER. FROM YOUR LITTLE SISTER ANN

  12. SISTER IN FLORIDA
    June 22, 2011

    TO MY DEAREST BROTHER AND HIS FAMILY, JONES BE STRONG I KNOW HOW HARD U HAVE WORKED REMEMBER GOD NEVER GIVE US MORE THAN WE CAN BEAR MY BROTHER, THESE ARE ALL MATERIAL THINGS. THANK GOD YOUR WIFE AND DAUGHTER AND GRAND DAUGHTER IS OK WE WILL REBUILD U ARE VERY LOVED BY ALL YOUR FAMILY BE COURAGEOUS MY BIG BROTHER THIS TO SHALL PASS LOVE YOUR SISTER ONE LOVE

  13. Anonymous
    June 22, 2011

    I’ve never experienced what you have been through but there is someone who is touched by the feelings of our infirmities and His name is Jesus. A bad situation? Look out! your reward is on the way. Start organizing a pledge. God bless your family.

    sis.

  14. Real Dominican Diva
    June 22, 2011

    I’m grateful to God that No one was hurt and grateful that it wasn’t worst. it could have burn down flat. I’m disappointed in the power company however for being so inefficient and for not being more proactive when it comes to faulty electrical lines. If indeed they, the power company are at fault they have no one to blame but themselves for this tragedy and I pray they do the right thing and compensate, the people for their home. The people work too hard for something like that to just happen.

  15. Sinner under grace
    June 22, 2011

    Jones and Muriel so sorry to hear what happened, thank God there were no injury or lost of life. Always remember God is in control . We cannot bring back a loved one but we can rebuild. God bless your family!

  16. Bishie Girl
    June 22, 2011

    Jones and Muriel, we are so sorry, try to be strong, will remember you in our prayers.

  17. Truth, Love, Peace
    June 21, 2011

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your house. Thank God it did not occur while you were asleep. At least you are safe.
    A faulty electrical line and what did the power company do about it then? If they failed to do nothing then they should be sued.
    People do not fool around with lose wires or faulty lines or take them lightly. They can cause a fire in a twinkling of an eye.
    I also hope that the house was insured.
    If the power company was negligent, they will be held responsible for the loss of property. They will also have to pay the occupants for the inconvenience and having to be housed elsewhere, also for meals.
    Take note Power Company if you are at fault!

  18. maggiedumpling
    June 21, 2011

    t this very difficult time the Abraham family extends heartfelt sympathy to you Jonesy and Ms. Muriel. Be of good courage .
    God will never leave nor forsakeyou. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.
    Yeto

  19. Distant Concern
    June 21, 2011

    It is very hard and sad to go through this at this time in life but I pray that you Jones and your family will now trust God more than ever before and that he will bless you double what you have lost.

  20. whyyyy
    June 21, 2011

    Don’t give up and continue to trust in God because are blessed.

  21. Masbond
    June 21, 2011

    one thing nobody was hurt nor injured in this fire.

    another thing Dominica we need to wake up in this day and age we are the nature isle of the caribbean land of 365 rivers and with all this there is no running water in our pipes. not even in the fire hydrants for emergency use come on we can do better than that.

    • Truth Seeker
      June 21, 2011

      Without a doubt, a consistent supply of usable water continues to plague every community in Dominica. DOWASCO must do better as we try to develop into a modern society. However, to make the assumption that lack of water contributed to the ravages caused by this fire is pure speculation. Again, without clear and unambiguous evidence, you jump to conclusions. Too typical!!

      • Reality
        June 22, 2011

        This is a very bad time for Jones and his family, but as truth seekers says aren’t it a bit soon for all these speculation to be made. In a time like this while people are expected to be supportive we do not want to jump to conclusion as to what did or did not happen, people please wait for the expert report before assuming in the mean time, show this family some support, it is bad enough they lousing their home! Jones you are a George you will rise again. Love from Briton

  22. MARIGOT
    June 21, 2011

    we will keep you n your family in our prayers all will be well. the lord is in control.

  23. family friend
    June 21, 2011

    oh my gosh…Muriel be strong my friend…this is sad

  24. gaza slim
    June 21, 2011

    :cry: it is a sad time for these family

  25. Anonymous
    June 21, 2011

    it is sad,may the lord be wih you in this time

    • Anonymous
      June 21, 2011

      st. maarten!!!!!!!!muriel be strong u are in our prayers god is a good

      • iline toussaint
        June 22, 2011

        muriel i am so sory to here the sade news about your house god give and he take .
        one day things will be bethere put your trouste in god and preid,i am preining for you to with all your sadness put a smill on your face
        maurina mother

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