Elderly Woman Loses Home in Fire But Pines Over Her Piano the Most

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Updated: February 9, 2017

The home of 78-year-old, Elda Card at number seventeen Taylor’s Alley just off Victoria Street, was scorched last night just after seven o’clock when a fire consumed the plycem structure.  Love News visited the area and spoke with Card who is evidently devastated by the loss of her home where she resided for about thirty three years, since 1983 when the late Maxwell Samuels was her neighbor.

ELDA CARD

“I was in the bathroom and I got this feeling to get up and when I got up and walked from the bathroom to the room the room was in the smoke and then I didn’t know what else happened because someone carried me out and I don’t know what happened.  My feet got weak and I didn’t know what took place. When I came out here I heard a boom and I told them to take me down the street because I didn’t want to see the place burn down. They took me to another lady’s house.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Were you home alone at the time?”

ELDA CARD

“Yes because the girls were upstairs here.”

While the family is estimating the loss of furniture and appliances being in the range of about ten thousand dollars, the elderly woman told Love News that of all her belongings she is most devastated at the loss of her piano which she played often.

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Have you been over there yet to see what the damages are?”

ELDA CARD

“No because all my things were destroyed now. I just asked them to please bring my piano and they told me that they couldn’t. When Hatie I didn’t have a piano, I just got one and then….”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“How long have you had that piano?”

ELDA CARD

“I just got this one a month ago but the one before that was from Primary School.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“And you still play the piano up until now?”

ELDA CARD

“Yes.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“So that was your most prized possession you would say?”

ELDA CARD

“Yes…..Yes.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Have you given any thought as to the recovery process, where you go from here and what is going to happen?”

ELDA CARD

“I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Whilst at the home of Card’s daughters, Love News learnt that the woman’s twin daughters, Michelle and Shawn were returning from the store when they saw the blazing fire.  An instant reaction led Michelle and another relative to Card’s home where they managed to remove her from the home.  Meanwhile, investigators at the National Fire Service are expected to conclude their assessments by midday on Friday so for now the Station Officer, Oren Smith briefed us on the preliminary findings.

OREN SMITH

“On our arrival on scene heavy smoke and flames were seeing coming from the rear of a 25X30 plycem structure elevated approximately three feet off the ground. As a result of the fire the underside flooring on the north of the structure a portion of the north wall and a section of the kitchen received fire damage. The building is own and occupied by two females, a mother and a daughter. At the time of the fire only the mother was at home. Preliminary investigations revealed that the fire originated on the north exterior of the structure.”

The house which was home to Card and one of her daughters, Elsy Murphy was not insured and neither were the contents.  According to the family, the response from the fire service was expedient and satisfactory.