(CNS): Police have confirmed that a wooden house caught fire in the early hours of Sunday morning (31 July) on Cruz Lane, George Town. The report was made to 911 at 1:43am and fire fighters were sent to the scene. Police said the Cayman Islands Fire Service had the blaze under control by 2am. According to other sources, three properties were completely burned down and a fourth was badly in damage in what residents believe was an arson attack.
As a result of the fire, two special constables who were part of the first responders team were treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and discharged.
Although none of the families involved were hurt, local activist Matthew Leslie, who coordinated a response effort on Sunday to help the victims, said the families involved have lost everything and was appealing to the community for supplies and clothes.
Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden posted a message on social media Sunday stating that the “senseless act” could have cost lives, as he thanked Leslie and others who were helping the families.
“The children that nearly lost their lives are safe because of brave actions by persons on the scene,” Bodden stated, as he indicated that the departments under his ministry, including the Department of Children and Family Services and the Needs Assessment Unit would be supporting the family.
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