A neighbour points to the downstairs area of the home of Michael Hosten, which was destroyed by fire on Monday night, at Bagatelle Road in San Juan. Images: Rhondor Dowlat

One of the survivors of last night’s fire in San Juan, which left seven people homeless, says he is grateful that no one was hurt.
Michael Hosten, the owner of the house at Plata #2, Bagatelle Road off Saddle Road, San Juan—says the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.
The other occupants of the house have been identified as: Dale, Daryle and Sarah Hosten; Hamilton and Alyssa Wilson; and Arya Phillip.
According to reports, the fire broke out at the two-storey house at about 8.05 pm on Monday night.
Fire officials said the house was well-alight in the lower level when they arrived. That area housed the family’s kitchen, television room, store room and two bedrooms, which were completely destroyed by the blaze.
Fire appliances from the San Juan, Wrightson Road and Woodbrook Fire Stations responded, but we’re unable to extinguish the flames in time.
A cause and origin of the fire is yet to be determined.
However, Michael Hosten said he believes that the fire was caused by a water pump, which he said was “shorting”.
“I am grateful that no one was hurt,” he told Guardian Media. “The fire was caused by a short in the water pump… Yeah, I think so. The fire service ain’t come to any conclusion officially yet. But they came and inspect it, and I show them it. I have to go and collect the report, cause my cousin tell me that the report would fast track the aid.”
Hosten said he lived in the downstairs of the home with his wife and three grandchildren, ages 11, nine and one-year-old.
“It was me alone at the time and my son. I will see if I could get any grants because I need help,” Hosten said.
In the interim, Hosten disclosed that the children were taken in to stay by relatives from Edinburgh 500 in Chaguanas.
He estimates the property damages to be around $400,000.
Fire Prevention officers were expected to return to the scene for processing on Tuesday.

Story by Rhondor Dowlat-Rostant