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Short-term housing for Clifton boys after fire destroys Westmoreland home

Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 1:40 AM
Fire yesterday destroyed the 52-year-old Clifton Boys' Home in Westmoreland

Twenty eight wards of the state at the Clifton Boys Home in Darliston, Westmoreland, are now in temporary housing following a fire at the facility yesterday afternoon.

The Child Development Agency (CDA) says the fire started sometime after 4 o’clock and destroyed the main building.

None of the boys were hurt.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Head of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, says the wards are being housed at a nearby church until a more suitable housing solution is identified.

She says the CDA  is currently conducting an assessment and is providing counselling to the boys:


Head of the Child Development Agency, Rosalee Gage-Grey

In the meantime, state minister in the ministry of education and youth, Floyd Green, is expressing relief that none of the boys sustained injury in the fire.

He says the children, who range from 6 to 18 years old, are in need of clothes, school uniforms, books and other items.

He says contributions can be made at the Child Development Agency by calling 967-1614 or emailing

The 52 year-old home is managed by the Anglican Church.