Charity benefits from near disaster

2016-10-06 06:00
PHOTOS: precious gumede Store manager Wayne Berman (left) hands over the salvaged goods to John Smith of Louisiana Orphanage and Care Centre.

PHOTOS: precious gumede Store manager Wayne Berman (left) hands over the salvaged goods to John Smith of Louisiana Orphanage and Care Centre.

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A LOCAL charity, Louisiana Orphanage and Care Centre­, will benefit from what might have been a tragedy after the Harbourview Super Spar building caught alight on Monday evening.

The orphanage is one of Harbourview Super Spar’s beneficiaries and on Tuesday morning Spar owner, Graeme Milligan, donated all the goods that were in the damaged freezers and refrigerators to the orphanage.

Milligan said instead of the goods going off in the outlet, he would rather give them to someone who really needs them.

The refrigerators and freezers were damaged after the cables connected to them were burnt in a fire that started in the generator room of the outlet.

Milligan said it has not been established what started the fire, however, nothing else inside the shop was damaged.

“We decided to donate the products that were in the fridge to the orphanage instead of keeping them until our refrigeration system has been repaired.”

Many residents were under the impression that the entire building­ was on fire after pictures of it were circulated on social media.

“It is fortunate that the fire was seen before spreading into the main shop. Nothing has been damaged inside the shop and trading will continue as usual,’’ said Milligan.

He asked customers to be patient­ if they couldn’t find what they were looking for because of the shortage of refrigerators.

He said by the end of the week all refrigerators will have been replaced.

“We have a reputation for our service and we will make sure we maintain it,” he said.

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