A single mother of three children who is currently in hospital battling cancer is now homeless after her Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home suddenly went up in flames on Friday morning.What remained of the property after the fireThirty-seven-year-old Polly Dowkaran of Lot 106 Agriculture Road, Triumph, ECD, and her three minor children, including a two-month-old baby, are left to make alternative living arrangements.Neighbours of the family told Guyana Times the fire started at about 08:00h and no one was at home at the time.According to reports, a neighbour who resides on the southern side of Dowkaran was exiting her home to empty garbage when she saw smoke billowing from the one storey wooden property and immediately raised an alarm.The fire service was quickly called and firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the one location. However, by that time, nothing could have been saved.“The response from the fire service was good, I must commend them but the house was very old so it burned quite fast… only problem was the house behind got a little damaged,” a neighbour reported.Guyana Times was told that an elderly man who occupies the a building aback Dowkaran’s had to be rushed to hospital with burns about his body.“The old man, he house get scorch up and like he was trying to come out but he get burn,” the woman relayed.The man, identified only as “Sundar” was reportedly unable to escape the heat in time.When this newspaper visited the scene, the man was returning from hospital with bandages wrapped around his upper chest and back.His relatives who were escorting him declined to comment. The fire is suspected to have been electrical in origin. The incident is however being investigated.
The Rams, ranked No. 6 in Division III, have lost only once since Jan. 20 and are fresh off clinching their fifth consecutive Rio Hondo League title. While Temple City sits and waits, fellow Rio Hondo Leaguer members La Ca ada (17-9) and South Pasadena (15-10) will be active today in Division III wild-card games. Six local teams qualified for the CIF-Southern Section girls water polo playoffs, which commence today at 3:15 p.m. The area’s top-ranked school, Temple City (20-8), doesn’t begin its postseason until Thursday when the Rams host the winner of today’s wild-card game between Cerritos (20-9) and Rowland (16-12). The Spartans will entertain Charter Oak (16-13), while the Tigers venture to Downey to take on Warren (13-3). In Division IV action, the La Salle Lancers were not given a favorable draw despite their impressive record. The No. 7-ranked Lancers (21-1), who have the best record in the division and third- best of any playoff team, did receive a first-round bye and will host either Woodland Hills Louisville (13-13) or Glendale (13-13) on Friday. The Lancers’ route to a title, however, gets significantly tougher after that. They probably will meet No. 3 Oxnard Rio Mesa (20-7), champion of the Pacific View League, in the Feb. 20 quarterfinals. The area’s two remaining entries face tough challenges in Division IV. Arcadia (12-13) travels to take on No. 6-ranked San Luis Obispo today. The Tigers (20-9) finished second in the PAC-7 League behind No. 2 seed Arroyo Grande (19-10). Westridge (12-8), the Prep League’s third seed, also finds itself on the road today against the Pacific League’s No. 2 team, Burbank (20-7). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!