Fire destroys G Division Commander’s home, vehicles

Commander Crystal Robinson
The burnt home of the Police Commander

An early morning fire on Saturday destroyed the West Coast Demerara (WCD) home and vehicles of a newly-appointed Police Commander attached to G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands), Crystal Robinson.
Robinson, in an interview with this publication on Saturday morning, explained that she was at the Police Pageant at the National Cultural Centre when she received a call about 12:30h informing her of the fire.
She explained that by the time she reached her two-storey Lot 154 Back Street, Stewartville, WCD, home, it was already completely engulfed in flames. Fire fighters, who arrived at the scene late, were also unable to save anything from the blaze.
Robinson told this publication that she lived in that home for 51 years with her parents and other relatives. Luckily, none of the five occupants were at home at the time of the fire.
According to her, a neighbour observed flames in the garage of the house and contacted the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) who took some time before showing up at the scene.
“When I got here, then is when they start. They (firemen) said they had some problems. The first fire tender stick in some mud, the second came without water and when the third one came I don’t know what happened with them but when I came the building was flat. They were pumping water from the trench,” the Commander said.
So far, the Commander said visits have been made to her by at least three different sets of investigators who told her “the experts” would have to be called in to conduct some tests to determine the cause of the fire, since this is yet to be confirmed.
Robinson said that three vehicles including PMM 7862, PSS 1387 and PVV 2106 were destroyed by the fire.
“My next move is I have to live and move forward. I asked them cause I need to get the rubbles off so that I can go back to the NDC to see to start building something to live but I was advised to wait,” she told this publication
The female Commander was only recently appointed. She took over control of the Division from Commander Khali Pareshram.