Construction firm Arch and Godfrey has stepped in as project manager of a massive community effort to build a new home for a family who lost everything in a fire at the weekend.
The home in Windsor Park, George Town, burned to the ground in a matter of minutes on Friday night after an electrical fire ripped through the wooden building, leaving 17 people homeless.
The blaze prompted a spontaneous outpouring of community support for the Buttrum family.
Now Arch and Godfrey has agreed to manage the rebuilding effort, which will be accomplished through donations of time, materials and equipment from the firm and other businesses.
The burned-out building was demolished this week. Architect Eduardo Bernal is already working on designs for a two-story building to house the five families.
Garth Arch, of Arch and Godfrey, said the company would organize and manage the building project to ensure the homes are built safely and within current building codes.
“We felt that with our expertise we would be able to assist the family and the project to ensure the house gets rebuilt as quickly and as safely as possible,” Mr. Arch said.
He added that several other contractors have offered to donate materials and expertise, and planning and building regulators have agreed to expedite the permit process.
He said the construction team has set the target of getting the family moved into their new home, on the same site, by Christmas.
Some of the manpower for the rebuild will come from the family.
“All the family will be chipping in, right down to the babies,” Alwin Buttrum told the Cayman Compass this week. “Everybody is going to help. We are a close family and we have friends in the neighborhood that are helping.”
Matthew Leslie, of Cayman Islands Brewery, who has been organizing volunteer efforts, said the support from the community had been overwhelming.
He said Arch and Godfrey’s involvement would ensure the house will be safe and up to planning codes.
“It is not like they are getting a free mansion. It is going to be a basic structure,” said Mr. Leslie. “We are going to do what is needed to get them their home back.”
Tradesmen or contractors willing to assist may call Arch and Godfrey on 949-2370.