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Fire burns Christmas dreams for Hanover Street residents

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Fire burns Christmas dreams for Hanover Street residents

An early-morning fire on Tuesday flattened a tenement building along Hanover Street in Kingston, putting a damper on plans for Christmas cheer for some residents, while others have been plunged further into poverty having lost all their possessions.

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Some householders were awakened by the shouts of “Fire!” along with the acrid smell of smoke billowing from a section of the building.

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Cynthia McKenzie, who has lived there for four years, was one of the few up early because she had a medical appointment that had already been rescheduled after she suffered a stroke.

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“I had an appointment at KPH, so I wake up and went to the bathroom. I said to my grandson, ‘Where is my phone?’ because me always sleep with my phone under my pillow,” McKenzie said.

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According to her, it was 6 a.m. when she heard popping sounds followed by smoke in a room.

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