Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 10th 2015 Contents KEVON FELMINE
A South Oropouche
family could do nothing
but look on helplessly as
fire ravaged their home
in the wee hours of Sun-
In the hour-long fire
that changed their lives,
Shermiza Ravello and her
family went from living
comfortably to begging a
lodging at relatives'
homes, Ravello said.
All they were left with
was each other and the
clothes on their back.
According to Ravello,
28, she was asleep around
2 am when she was
awakened by her mother,
Zenobia, 42, screaming
that their home on Duke
Street was on fire. She
said as she opened her
eyes, all she saw was
flames on her ceiling.
"I was asleep when I
heard my mom calling
my name. I jumped out
of my sleep and I heard
her saying fire,' fire.'
When I looked up I saw
my ceiling was on fire
and I panicked. On my
way out, I saw it had
already spread to my
brother and uncle's room
in back. It spread really
fast, like in five minutes,"
By the time fire tenders
arrived, she said, it was
too late. Although they
could not determine how
the fire began, she said
it started in her cousin
Akiel's room while he
was asleep. She said he
was awakened by the
flames on his mattress,
and in an attempt to
throw it out the window
it ignited the curtains.
With Akiel's room
being a wooden attach-
ment to the concrete
structure, it burned
quickly and allowed the
flames to spread to the
At the same time, her
uncle Floyd Ravello, 48,
was returning from
singing parang with Los
Dinamicos, saw the fire
and alerted her mother.
"All we could have
done was run out house.
We were not able to save
anything other than the
clothes we were wearing.
My cousins and neigh-
bours came across and
tried to throw water on
the fire but that did not
work," Ravello said.
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Jamala Ravello with her ten-month-old son Deondre
yesterday after visiting the ruins of her home which was
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No bail for couple
on drug charges
A couple from Chaguanas was remanded
into prison custody after appearing in court
on drug trafficking charges.
Denesh Harrilal, a 36-year-old fisherman,
and his 35-year-old wife Khadijah Mohammed,
both of Enterprise, Chaguanas, appeared before
Magistrate Joan O'Connor in the Chaguanas
Magistrates Court, yesterday.
They were charged with being in possession
of 159 packages of marijuana weighing a total
of 92 kilogrammes and 16 packages of cocaine
weighing 18.9 kilogrammes. Police said the
seized drugs had an estimated street value of
While their lawyer Criston J Williams
attempted to apply for bail for the couple,
O'Connor refused to entertain his application
until the criminal records of his clients were
The couple was arrested alongside a Chagua-
nas businessman and a Colombian woman
when officers of the Organised Crime, Narcotics
and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) carried out a
raid, last Wednesday night.
The second couple was eventually released
after being questioned by police for almost 24
The couple will reappear in court on Wednes-
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