Jamelah Joseph’s house at 6th Avenue, 10th Street, Barataria, which was destroyed by fire last Sunday.

A mother of three is appealing for help to find shelter for her family after their Barataria home was destroyed by fire one week ago.

Jamelah Joseph said she, her husband, their three children ages two, six and ten, and her father have been staying with various relatives since the fire on February 27.

She said she had left for work and the children were at home with her father when the fire started at the house located at Sixth Avenue and Tenth Street.

“My father said he started to smell smoke. He asked who was burning fire at this hour in the morning? He left the kids sleeping and walked around my house to see where the smoke was coming from,” Joseph said.

He didn’t see anything but when he returned to the house, he heard a loud explosion. He just had enough time to get the three children to safety before the house became engulfed in flames.

A tender from the San Juan Fire Station managed to extinguish the blaze but the house was completely destroyed.

Joseph said she was issued a certificate of fire incident from Fire Services Headquarters, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, stating that her house was completely destroyed. The family lost all their personal and household items in the blaze.

Joseph said she went to the constituency office of Laventille East/Morvant MP Adrian Leonce the day after the fire on March 1 and an aide took her name and contact number and told her she would be contacted. However, she hasn’t heard anything since.

She is appealing for help to get food, clothes, building materials, school books, and uniforms.

At present, Joseph’s children are staying with different relatives in Maloney, Morvant and Laventille.

“I want to just have one room with a roof over our heads, to have the family together just to rest our heads when night comes because my dad is sleeping in his car,” she said.

Anyone willing to assist the family can contact Joseph at 317-2913 or 356-6918.