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Five business owners
were affected by an early
morning fire at a popular
business place in Debe,
While the booths at the
lower floor of the two-
storey building suffered
mostly smoke and soot
damage, the rear upper res-
idence appeared gutted.
Rubble and debris from
the structure were scattered
on the compound, at the
corner of Wellington and SS
Erin Road, Debe.
The building is owned by
Edwin Persad but he was
not available for comment
and the cost of the damage
could not be immediately
Rosetta Crawford, owner
of Rosetta s Weightloss Cafe,
the booth nearest to where
the most damage occurred,
said she had rented the place
a little over four months ago.
Crawford said, she might
have to close her business
for the rest of the week, as
she had no supply of elec-
tricity or water.
Aside from the gutted air-
condition unit at the front
of her booth, Crawford said
thick smoke and soot cov-
ered most of the inside of
her business. She said that
both doors were damaged
as fire officers had to force
their way in to gain entry.
Also affected were Vas-
san s Pharmacy, A&A Con-
venience Centre and DVDs
Mukesh Boodlal, manag-
er at the DVD store, said he
expected a return of the
electricity and would
remain open until the close
of the business day yester-
Fire officers from the
Mon Repos Fire Prevention
Unit were on the scene tak-
ing photos yesterday.
One officer said the cause
of the fire was unknown
and the matter was under
A Point Fortin woman attempting
to beat the heat was arrested after
police found a stolen air-conditioning
unit at her home on Sunday.
According to reports, Darryl Mungals-
ingh, 40, a safety officer at Damus Ltd,
told Point Fortin police that on Sep-
tember 1, last year, the company stored
several air-conditioning units, each val-
ued at $2,500, in a room at the com-
pound along the Southern Main Road,
When the company did a stock check
of the units on Sunday, it was discovered
that one was missing.
On Monday, Cpl Bajan and PC
Peatrice were alerted about the missing
unit and interviewed several people.
The officers later went to the Warden
Road home of the 32-year-old suspect.
There the officers executed a search
warrant and found the missing air-con-
The woman was arrested and charged
and is expected to appear at the Point
Fortin Magistrates Court. (KF)
Siparia police are investigating the
beating of a Point Fortin woman
whose skull was fractured while
spending Old Year's Night at a friend's
Makita Nicholson, 26, of Gonzales
Village, was beaten with a beer bottle
and stabbed several times by a 24-year-
Police said that around 10 pm last
Thursday, a labourer went to the friend s
house at Alexander Street, Siparia,
where they had an argument.
During the fight, the man picked up
the glass bottle and hit Nicholson several
times on her head and face. When the
bottle broke, he stabbed her several
times, witnesses told police.
Nicholson said she managed to free
herself and ran to a neighbour s home
An ambulance was called in and she
was taken to the Siparia District Health
Facility and then transferred to the San
Fernando General Hospital where she
was treated for deep wounds to her
right forearm, cuts to her left leg and
minor splinters to her skull. She was
After the incident was reoported to
Siparia police, Cpl Boodhai and WPC
Mohammed visited the suspect s home
and interviewed witnesses.
The suspect was arrested and
Mohammed is continuing enquiries.
Suspect held for
Woman held with stolen
4 Debe businesses hit by fire damage
Fire officers carry out their
yesterday's fire which damaged
some businesses in Debe.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
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