27 homeless after fire engulfs tenement yard in Montego Bay!

27 former residents of a tenement yard in Montego Bay will not have the luxury of spending Mother’s Day in their homes.

According to a report by the Observer, an early morning fire yesterday left 27 people, including 11 children homeless, after the blaze swept through their seven-house tenement yard at 17 Paradise Row in the resort city of Montego Bay.

“At approximately 2:06 am we responded to a call received at Paradise Row. Five units responded with a complement of 20 firefighters,” District Officer at the St James Department of the Jamaica Fire Brigade O’Neil Kerr, told reporters yesterday.

“Upon arrival we realised that seven houses were being affected by this fire, and we immediately got into operation which lasted for about three hours,” added Kerr.


Daisy Bell-Dewar, 97, who lived in one of the houses at the tenement yard, and had to be rescued by neighbours, said she has lost everything.

“Everything gone, not even a sweetie to put a mi mouth. I have no shoes, no clothes, nothing to eat…everything gone,” said Bell-Dewar, who has been living at Paradise Row for more than four decades.

The elderly woman who lived alone in one of the dilapidated wooden structures, told the Jamaica Observer that shortly before 2:00 am she felt “heat coming in mi face and mi back, so mi sey it look like fire deh ’bout here, so after mi look outside mi see deh fire, and bawl out fi fire.”

“After mi bawl out one young man come grab mi and sey ‘come grandma’ and him tek mi outside and put mi down right yah suh (another house few metres away),”said Bell-Dewar.

27 people lose homes fire Montego Bay May 2014


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