Government pledges $20k to fire victims

Residents gather around the scene of the fire in Green Bay Hill

The government has pledged $20 thousand to the family of Aduke Antoine whose home was destroyed by fire in Green Bay on Friday.

Attorney General Steadroy Cutie Benjamin says the decision was taken at a meeting with Prime Minister Gaston Browne today.

 

“Well clearly speaking, all persons who require the assistance of government in building a home are required to go through the application process indeed, but that would be explored as well.

“But as an immediate quick fix, we shall be getting them a donation of $20,000, and I believe Share, that charity which is run by the prime minister’s wife, will also donate $5,000.

“This is one of the ways in which a positive contribution can be made to unfortunate Antiguans and Barbudans,” the attorney general said.

He adds that government will also seek to assist the family with the reconstruction of their home.

 

 

Aduke Antoine, her fiancée Valmore Hill, and their 10 children lost their five-bedroom wooden home on Friday night, one of two houses lost in the same fire. The second house was occupied by Trevor Hill, Valmore Hill’s uncle.

The blaze destroyed both houses and all their contents on the eve of Antoine’s and Hill’s wedding day.

The combined family of 13 is now staying in a 20′ x 30′ home. They were taken in by extended family whose house has two bedrooms and is already occupied by 4 people.

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