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Claxton Bay family homeless after fire

Just a week after losing his job at Weldfab Limited, a Claxton Bay man and his family lost their home in a fire on Wednesday.

Surlal Ramgoolie, 52, his wife Omatie and their son Sean Ramgoolie, 19 escaped death when their wooden and concrete home at Teak Avenue, caught fire shortly before midnight.

Their pet parrots and three caged bullfinches died in the blaze. Their dog nicknamed Puppy got severe burns to his face. 

Standing outside the ruins of the house, a distraught Omatie said she did not know how to move on.

Fire at Drag Mall was 4th in three years

Fire fight­ers are still at the scene of a fire at the Peo­ple’s Mall on Hen­ry Street in Port-of-Spain.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the fire start­ed at the site around 7.45 am.

Fire fight­ers were quick­ly on the scene and were able to con­tain the blaze to a few of the booths on the site.

Booth own­ers who were around the trou­ble spot were seen des­per­ate­ly try­ing to sal­vage what­ev­er they could as fire fight­ers worked to pre­vent the fire from spread­ing.

Fire fighters extinguish fire at NP tank

National Petroleum has extinguished a fire at its Sealots Tank Farm.

Shortly after 1 pm, smoke was seen billowing from the top of a tank on the southern side of the Tank Farm area of NP’s Sea Lots, Port-of-Spain.

In a statement, NP said in keeping with established Health Safety and Environment procedural guidelines, the Fire Services were immediately contacted.

Fire tenders from the Wrightson Road Fire Station were dispatched to the scene.

Tobago man dies in a fire

One man is dead and three peo­ple home­less af­ter an ear­ly morn­ing fire at East­er Field Road, To­ba­go, in the ear­ly hours of Mon­day.

Dead is An­tho­ny Charles, 61, whom fam­i­ly say suf­fered from a men­tal dis­or­der.

Ac­cord­ing to the Di­vi­sion­al Fire Of­fi­cer, the Scar­bor­ough Fire Sta­tion re­ceived re­ports of a fire at 3.40 am. When fire­fight­ers got to the scene they were told three of four peo­ple had been ac­count­ed for.

When the fire­fight­ers doused the flames and searched the prop­er­ty they found Charles’ re­mains in one of the bed­rooms.

Int'l: California fires' death toll rises to 50

The number of people killed in wildfires burning in California has risen to 50 -- including 48 from Northern California's Camp Fire, already the most destructive and deadly blaze in state history.

As firefighters battle that fire Wednesday in Butte County north of Sacramento, authorities fear more human remains will be found as searchers comb through rubble and ashes in Paradise, the ravaged town of about 27,000 residents.

"I want to tell you, though, this is a very, very difficult process," Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory L. Honea told reporters.

Wildfire now deadliest in California's history

Firefighters struggled to contain the most deadly and destructive wildfire in California history Tuesday while mobile coroner's teams combed the incinerated remains of a once thriving town and its environs looking for more victims of the carnage.

The historic blaze raging 90 miles north of Sacramento has claimed at least 42 lives, and dozens of people remain unaccounted for. More than 6,400 homes were destroyed by the fast-moving Camp Fire blaze, many in Paradise, a community of 27,000 people.

“This is an unprecedented event,” Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said.

International: Death toll climbs to 25 in California fires

California firefighters are embarking on exhaustive search-and-rescue operations for survivors and the remains of victims killed in massive wildfires as the death toll climbed to 25.

More than 100 are still missing after a wildfire engulfed 164 sq miles of northern California.

Many of those residents could still be found alive, Butte County sheriff Kory Honea said, as his department initially received over 500 calls about missing loved ones. 

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