VIDEOS. Sadness and desolation, the day after the fire on rue Peynier, in Pointe-à-Pitre

VIDEOS. Sadness and desolation, the day after the fire on rue Peynier, in Pointe-à-Pitre
VIDEOS. Sadness and desolation, the day after the fire on rue Peynier, in Pointe-à-Pitre

Firefighters hospitalized, people dispossessed of all their property, professionals deprived of their work tools, local residents disappointed by the repetition of disasters and a section of Pointe-à-Pitre’s real estate heritage destroyed. The fire on rue Peynier, which occurred on Sunday, left a city in desolation.


Published on May 6, 2024 at 3:07 p.m.,
updated May 6, 2024 at 3:09 p.m.

After the flames, the sweat and the injuries of the firefighters, the astonishment of the local residents, all that remains is the tears of the owners who lost everything in the disaster which occurred yesterday (Sunday May 5, 2024) in the city center from Pointe-à-Pitre.

ALSO READ: IN PICTURES. “There will be nothing left for me“, declares the owner of one of the houses that went up in flames, on rue Peynier in Pointe-à-Pitre – 05/05/2024.

The fire on rue Peynier was definitively extinguished at 7:50 p.m., for a fire that started at around 10:40 a.m. Then, the firefighters, severely tested during this high-risk intervention, had to clear the scene to ensure that no person was trapped by the flames; an operation which occupied them for a good part of the evening. And, again this Monday morning, they set about watering the site of the blaze, to prevent any further outbreak of fire.

Fortunately, no victims were found in the rubble.
On the other hand, following the collapse of a wall of one of the destroyed buildings, the state of health of four firefighters required their hospitalization. Two managed to get out of this situation on their own. Two others were taken out by their colleagues. All were taken to the Guadeloupe University Hospital. One of them suffers from a probable broken wrist.
So much for the human toll.

In the aftermath of the disaster, it is the material damage that is of concern.
Four homes were completely destroyed. Another was seriously damaged. But this observation is only the visible face of the iceberg. Indeed, only the experts will say whether or not other buildings are structurally weakened, knowing that an entire block of houses was impacted, on two parallel streets.

A real scene of desolation remains:

Firefighters still mobilized in the rubble resulting from the fire of May 5, 2024.



©Christian Danquin – Guadeloupe La 1ère

Many of them were dispossessed of their property, their place of residence and/or their work tools this Sunday, in this fire. Courageously, they began the necessary procedures with their respective insurers. But they have heavy hearts.
This sadness is shared by local residents, who fear learning that it was an arson.
Some confided in us, like Gaëlle Pyrée and Laurie André, liberal nurses who had their office on site.

It’s sad, very sad, in fact, because we lost part of our work tools and our owner, who lived just above us, lost everything (…).

Gaëlle Pyrée, disaster-affected liberal nurse

Testimonies from victims and residents of Pointe-à-Pitre, after the fire on rue Peynier.



©Ronhy Malety – Guadeloupe La 1ère

Another case, among others : Kervens Louis is a student. During the weekend, he was absent from the guesthouse where he lives. When he returned, he found that he had nothing left, no identity papers, no diplomas, no courses, no clothes… everything had gone up in smoke. It is Eric Dominchard, principal of Carnot high school, who draws attention to this distraught boy, via his Facebook page :

It will take time for Pointe-à-Pitre to recover from such a disaster. Facts which, moreover, are repetitive, in this city plagued by violence and neglect, in particular.

The time will come to understand the reasons for such recurring events.

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