A firefighter reported that the entire section of the upper floor of the two-story National Children’s Home was destroyed last Friday, August 9.
The Jamaica National Children’s Home in Papine, St Andrew is a facility that provides care and protection for children rescued from poverty and neglect. It was opened in 1973 as a branch of Britain’s National Children’s Home.
It is unkown how the fire began, but thankfully, of the 38 children housed at the facility, there were no known injuries. The children were between 8 and 17 years old and have been relocated to another facility.
The fire took place just 4 days after caregivers at the Jamaica National Children’s Home participated in a fire drill at the facility. The caregivers were equipped and able to act rationally and quickly when 2 children were asleep while the fire had started. They were able to save their lives.
There have been recent fires at other Children’s homes, so the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) will be inspecting and conducting fire drills at other Children’s Homes soon.
The Children from the home are now in need of clothing items and toiletries as soon as possible.
*** How to Contribute ***
The National Children’s Home daily up until 5pm.
A Donation drop off point at 9 Christopher Road, Stony Hill, St. Andrew between 9am and 4pm.
By: Gabrielle Burgess
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