A massive fire at New Amsterdam early yesterday morning completely destroyed two buildings ,including the popular Jokwesan’s Creole Restaurant and Bakery at Lot 7 Charlotte Street.Angela Williams (centre), co-proprietrix of Jokwesan’s Creole Restaurant & Bakery being consoled.It is the same building which housed the famous Circle ‘C’ Restaurant which was owned by the de Nobregas in the 1990s. Additionally, the blaze gutted another building and the two occupants were lucky to have escaped unhurt. A branch of Courts was also scorched. All of the buildings were being rented. The owner of the lot, Codette Daniels, could not be reached for comment as to whether the buildings were insured.When Kaieteur News arrived at the scene shortly after 03:00 hrs,Cheap Arizona Coyotes Hoodies
, firefighters were busy trying to control the blaze which had already engulfed the two lots. Three tenders were on the job and water was being accessed from three sources including two fire hydrants at King Street and by the corner of Theatre Alley. The other was accessing water from the Republic Road canal.According to one eyewitness, the blaze started from one of the cooking and preparation areas at the side of the restaurant, located in a separate lot and building, and quickly spread to the main structure which housed the restaurant and fast food service.Jeff Christie, 46, and his wife Linda were sleeping in their two-storey wooden building when he heard the neighbours hollering ‘Fire! Fire! It was just after 02:30hrs.The hire-car driver, who lived there for over 23 years,NFL Jerseys 2018
, said that he and his wife barely made it out alive, through the back door. “By the time I get up, it (the fire) did done ‘catch’—it was just to get out (of the house)…” He added,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys
, too, that several attempts to call the fire service proved futile since their phones were either “ringing out or engaged.”What remains of the propertiesChristie noted that “people were calling,jerseys from china
, calling…the phone rang out—engaged tone too—somebody had to carry the message to the fire station, then they arrived 30 minutes later.”Christie was in his brief as he and his wife had to hurry out of the house. Friends helped him save a television. A bus that he drives was parked in front of the house.The front house, which is occupied by his mother, 80-year old Ivy Christie,NFL Jerseys Outlet
, his brother Peter and nephew, Floyd, was scorched.Meanwhile, just next door was Angela Williams,China NFL Jerseys
, co-proprietrix of Jokwesan’s Creole Restaurant and Bakery. She was being consoled by customers and close friends. “Where we gonna get our salt-fish and bake from?” questioned one customer.Williams said she and her employees locked up and left the building around 20:00 hrs Friday. Everything seemed normal.She rushed to the scene shortly after she received a telephone call at her Cummingsville Housing Scheme residence. The establishment has been in operation for over a decade with 10 employees now without jobs.The conflagration was described as “one of the biggest fires in the town”. In 2009, there was a fire of similar magnitude which completely destroyed the home of Ivor and Parbattie Persaud in Charlotte Street West, duringHire-car driver, Jeff Christie and his wife barely managed to escape alive.which the couple and their two grandchildren perished.Investigations are continuing.