Watchman saved from burning building
Rickie Ramdass firstname.lastname@example.org
A 76-YEAR-OLD watchman was rescued from a burning building yesterday morning, after bandits tied him up in one of the rooms, before setting the structure on fire.
The bandits had staged a robbery at Gopaul and Company in Tunapuna, where the elderly man was employed, said police.
Fire officers from the Tunapuna Fire Station said they received reports of the building being on fire. Upon arriving at the trucking company, located at the corner of Deena Street and Churchill-Roosevelt Highway, they entered the building and rescued Otto Walcott from the room.
Minutes later they were able to put out the fire, which was set on the eastern side of the building, said the officers.
Police detectives said they were told by Walcott that around midnight he was on patrol and was on his way back to the guard booth when he was approached by three men.
One of them was armed with a gun.
The men, police said, forced Walcott into the room where they proceeded to tie him up before ransacking the building.
Officers said about two hours after the bandits entered the building, they set the structure on fire before escaping.
Around 3.45 a.m., the fire officers came to Walcott’s rescue.
The bandits, police said, managed to escape with a large sum of cash but the amount is yet to be determined.
Also missing were a Glock pistol, 15 rounds of ammunition and a Firearm Users Licence which was locked away in a vault that the men managed to open.
Officers of Tunapuna Police Station are continuing investigations into the incident.