Woman sets house on fire, five homeless

A woman, Anita Graham on Friday reportedly set the house in which her common-law spouse lives, on fire. According to the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), a call was received at about 7:16h about a fire at Lot 25 Roxanne Burnham Gardens, Georgetown.

Water Tenders #107 from the West Ruimveldt Fire Station and #105 and #113 from the Central Fire Station were immediately dispatched to the location. Upon arrival, firefighters saw a one storey wooden and concrete building engulfed in flames.

The building was owned by 39-year-old Aaron Watson and occupied by himself and his family of four.

As a result of the fire, the building and its contents were destroyed.

The GFS said the purported cause of the fire is a malicious setting by Ms Graham who is currently in custody assisting with the investigation. The fire service said Graham shared a common-law relationship with Watson.

The Guyana Fire Service is reminding citizens that there are harsh penalties attached to arson attacks and once identified, perpetrators will face the full brunt of the law.