Silver Lake, Dominica (TDN)
Residents of the Silver lake community in Dominica are reeling from the effects of a massive blaze which razed several dwellings to the ground and left an estimated sixty residents homeless.
The blaze which started around 8:30 P.M on Boxing Day night in one unit spread rapidly through a row of houses. One resident described just having enough time to rouse her six children and running out of the building before it was engulfed in flames.
Most of the residents made it out without having an opportunity to secure any of their belongings. Officers from the Roseau Fire Station responded quickly but were severely hampered by none working fire hydrants in the community.
Following the fire Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit took to the airwaves to inform residents that the government will cover all of their expenses arising out of the disaster. He also announced an immediate cash payout of EC $1 000 to each affected household.
Meanwhile Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau South constituency Joshua Francis announced that some 17 school children were adversely affected and that he had started to receive clothes and other supplies on their behalf.
Silver Lake is situated about half a mile from the community of Bath Estate.