Fire guts Tuschen workshop, damages other buildings

…suspected origin is cigarette butts carelessly disposed of

A fire which occurred at Light Street, Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) at around 01:34h on Friday has destroyed a two-storey wooden-and-concrete building in which the owner, Navindra Persaud, operated a furniture factory.

The fire at Tuschen New Housing Scheme

Reports are that two water tenders from the Leonora Fire Station responded to the scene, but despite their efforts, the building and its contents were completely destroyed.
It is believed that the fire was started when cigarette butts carelessly disposed of by workers ignited the sawdust.
The owner of a property adjacent to the one destroyed by fire lost a 30-ft pvc guttering and waste pipe, 56 louvre panes, two sash windows, and 30 sq ft of internal pvc to the fire. Ten metres of the external wall were also slightly damaged by heat radiating from the building on fire.
A two-storey wooden-and-concrete building at Main Road, Tuschen New Housing Scheme was also damaged as a result of this fire at Tuschen New Housing Scheme.
A 30-ft pvc guttering was completely destroyed, along with four black Tuff tanks. This was also as a result of heat radiating from the burning furniture factory. (G9)