A devastating fire has left a businessman counting his losses after it ravaged his multimillion-dollar sawmill at Spring Gardens, Essequibo, on Easter Monday.The sawmill on fire on MondayReports are persons in the area noticed the smoke at about 17:30h and contacted the Guyana Fire Service but the firemen never arrived until 19:00h.Upon arriving at the scene, the firemen tried to save the business but encountered several difficulties.It is believed that the dry sawdust around the compound caught fire thus making it much more difficult for the fire tenders to put out the blaze.Guyana Times understands that a farmer in the area was burning his field when the fire rapidly changed course and spread to the sawmill.The fire officials are presently investigating the cause of the fire. However, the owner of the business, Ramesh Ramotar, refused to offer a comment.
Vladivostok (Russia), Oct 5 (PTI) Indian shuttlers Siril Verma and Arundhati Pantawane reached the second round of the Russian Grand Prix after notching up straight-game wins in the mens and womens singles competition respectively here today. Siril defeated Russias Andrey Jdanov 21-7 21-11 and will face third seed Misha Zilberman of Israel in the next round at Sport Hall Olympic here. 2011 National Games champion, Arundhati spanked Russias Anastasiia Sharapova 21-5 21-9 and will take on compatriot Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, seeded fourth. Sourabh Varma, who had twisted his ankle at Poland Open, gave a walkover to Alexej Zolotuev. PTI ATK AH ATK