Illegal connection reportedly caused Vigilance fire

Dead: Bianca Sancho in happier times

As the Guyana Fire Service is wrapping up its investigation into the Vigilance, South Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara (ECD) fire which claimed the life of 3-year-old Bianka Sancho, it has been found that illegal wiring was likely the cause. A source close to the investigation told Guyana Chronicle that from all indications, the fire was caused by an illegal connection to the property.
The source further disclosed that many people are stealing electricity since no power lines from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) was seen in the community.
Chief Fire Officer Marlon Gentle disclosed that the final investigation report will be made public today.
In a statement to the media, the Guyana Police Force said that around 05:00hrs last Friday, the mother of Bianka and her three other children were asleep in the house when she was awakened by the smell of smoke.
By the time she awoke, the house was partly engulfed in flames.
The woman, in a bid to save her children, rushed three of her four children out of the house, but failed to rescue Bianka as the upper flat of the house caved in, preventing her from entering.
When firefighters from the Campbellville and Mahaica fire stations arrived, the house was already engulfed in flames.
According to the police, Bianka’s body was retrieved about 09:00hrs with severe burns and she was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Sancho’s burnt body was discovered in front of the last bedroom of the house which she shared with her parents, Lovern and Dellion Sancho and three other siblings: Isaiah Sancho, 5, Moses Sancho, 4 and three-month-old Briana Sancho.