Volunteers help clear home destroyed by fire

For a second time in a few weeks, the Cayman community has come to the aid of a family that lost their home to fire. 

On Saturday, some 60 volunteers visited the site of the burned-out home on Monument Road by the junction of Mijall Road in Bodden Town to help remove the remains of the single-story home destroyed by fire on July 4. 

The building was torn down and the rubble carted away before volunteers moved in and completely cleared the grounds. 

Matthew Leslie, from the Cayman Islands Brewery, who helped organize the relief effort for both fire victims, said he was delighted with the large turnout. 

“We hope to have the property cleared and into planning within the next two weeks [and] start construction within three weeks.”  

In the meantime, he said fundraising efforts were under way for supplies and materials. 

The Buttrum family, who lost their George Town home to fire on July 24, was at the Monument Road site in a show of solidarity and to assist the Bodden Town family with the cleanup. 

Displaced by the Bodden Town fire was Lisa Anglin and her two sons. 

Jake Manderson, Ms. Anglin’s eldest son, said the community support meant a lot to him and his family. “We never thought it would be this much people. People brought food, drinks and a lots of support and we are very grateful to the community, the Buttrum family, Matthew Leslie and everyone who came together to make it happen,” he said. 

Ms. Anglin said if it was not for the Buttrum family, she did not know what her family would have done. “They came forward and helped in every way. We still need a home but it is a tremendous start,” she said. 

Ms. Anglin added that her house was over 100 years old. She said she was raised there and they were all sad to see it go.  

For now, the family is staying with friends. 

Bodden Town representatives Osbourne Bodden, Wayne Panton and Al Suckoo assisted in the effort. 

Mr. Bodden said he hopes the two initiatives will send a good signal that Cayman still has the community spirt and willingness to stand up and help one another in times of need. He said government is doing what it can behind the scenes in support with equipment and supplies for the family, but at the end of the day, “it is really a community effort.” 

Mr. Suckoo said he came out to help because the family needed assistance to get them to the rebuilding process.  

Mr. Panton said the local community had demonstrated a willingness to embrace and support the family 

The cause of the July 4 fire was deemed “undetermined,” by fire investigators. 

The burned-out building was torn down and the rubble carted away.

The burned-out building was torn down and the rubble carted away.

Some 60 volunteers were on hand to help clear the site of the burned-out house in Bodden Town on Saturday. – Photos: Jewel Levy

Some 60 volunteers were on hand to help clear the site of the burned-out house in Bodden Town on Saturday. – Photos: Jewel Levy
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  1. Excellent job everyone; better later than never. Keep your community spirit alive. May be Matthew Leslie can organize and lead a "First response" committee? He seems to know how to get things and people moving fast. Buttrum family also deserves recognition for their willingness to help.
    On the other hand, do fire investigators have at least an idea?

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