A couple and their two children are now homeless after a fire completely gutted their two-storey home at Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown, on Monday.Debris of the house which was completely burnt to the groundOne of the couple’s daughters, 21-year-old Fazeela Mohamed was the only one at home when the fire started. Based on reports received, the fire started at about 11:00h.The owner of the house, Shivana Deolall, told Guyana Times that she and her 11-year-old son, Gavin Deolall, had already left home and were in a minibus when she heard the driver speaking about a house on fire.Upon realising that it was her home, Deolall said that she immediately ordered the driver to stop the minibus and disembarked. By the time she reached the scene, her house was already completely burnt to the ground. “I couldn’t bear it, I make it fast out of the bus. When I come it almost flat,” a tearful Deolall cried.She stated that her losses are estimated to be in the millions as they were unable to save anything. “…millions, because is a lot of music appliance downstairs, then I have all my jewels them upstairs, I had cash upstairs, a lot, a lot… It’s a shock to me right now, a big shock. I didn’t expect this,” the distraught Deolall told this newspaper.According to Divisional Officer of Operations of the Guyana Fire Service (GFS), Gregory Wickham, a total of three fire tenders responded to the incident.The homeowner, Shivana Deolall“The first tender that was coming was on its way to another emergency so it was well within the area of the fire scene. On arrival of that first tender and the crew, they realised that the building was well alight and so they went into firefighting with water from the tank supply. The other two tenders that came, they used open-source of water from the canal and did water relay system,” Wickham related.The fire official further indicated that the cause and origin of the fire are yet to be ascertained as investigations are still ongoing.He stated that this is the fifth fire of this magnitude which has occurred within the space of two weeks and, therefore, urged the public to adopt safe practices to avoid the occurrence of fires especially during the Christmas holidays.He advised that persons should remain attentive while carrying out chores that can result in fires such as cooking.He further emphasised the importance of using appropriate electrical wiring both indoors and outdoors as staying away from running electrical cords under carpets.In October, records of the GFS showed that there were already over 700 fires for 2019.
1 Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal dominates the back pages of Monday’s newspapers as speculation over his future as Manchester United manager intensifies.The Premier League giants have failed to win any of their last seven games and, according to many of the papers, the Dutchman is a dead man walking.Van Gaal admitted he could quit after the Boxing Day defeat at Stoke and it is being widely suggested that the 64-year-old will do just that if United are beaten again by Chelsea on Monday night.Here’s what the papers are saying about Van Gaal…The Daily Telegraph:Louis van Gaal will lead Manchester United against Chelsea tonight but the match could prove to be the Dutchman’s last as manager after it emerged that he has serious doubts over whether he can continue in his position. Van Gaal has spoken with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward since Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke City, the club’s fourth loss in a row, and took training at Carrington on Sunday. Woodward is believed to have told Van Gaal that he still has the support of the club, urging him to tough it out through a difficult run of results, yet the Dutchman has genuine concerns over whether he can turn their season around. As a result, it appears inevitable that Van Gaal is approaching the end of his stormy reignThe Guardian:Louis van Gaal says he is still capable of lifting his Manchester United players but knows that defeat against Chelsea on Monday evening at Old Trafford will likely result in his sacking. Following Boxing Day’s 2-0 loss at Stoke City, Van Gaal, 64, suggested he could resign, but the decision may be taken for him by Ed Woodward, the executive vice-chairman, if Chelsea win. It is believed the pair held talks over the weekend regarding the Dutchman’s future.The Times:Manchester United have told Louis van Gaal that they still believe in him for now, even though the manager is considering resigning after losing faith in his ability — and that of his players — to arrest the club’s alarming collapse. Van Gaal is understood to have held talks with Ed Woodward over the weekend, during which United’s executive vice-chairman urged the Dutchman to persist with the job despite the growing crisis at Old Trafford after Saturday’s 2-0 loss away to Stoke City. But Van Gaal is worried he is fighting a losing battle.The Daily Mail:Louis van Gaal has spent the weekend locked in crisis talks on his future with Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Sportsmail can reveal the United manager has shockingly lost faith in his own ability to arrest a run of four successive defeats and has discussed with his employers the option of walking away from the club. It is understood, however, that Woodward has implored the man he appointed 18 months ago to stay on until at least after Monday evening’s home game with Chelsea.The Daily Mirror:Louis van Gaal is on the brink at Manchester United after admitting he does not know if the players still believe in him. Van Gaal also conceded he does not know if he can motivate his squad any more, after United slumped to a fourth straight defeat against Stoke on Saturday. He is expected to be in charge for Chelsea’s visit to Old Trafford on Monday night, despite admitting he could quit United before he is axed.The Sun:Louis van Gaal admits he is powerless to prevent Manchester United’s catastrophic slump. The Red Devils boss faces the axe today if his side lose at home to Chelsea following four straight defeats. And United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward will have a conference call with owners the Glazer family after tonight’s clash to discuss Van Gaal’s future.