Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Special needs child among 15 left homeless after Tobago fire

Two buildings, which housed a total of 19 persons, were destroyed by fire on Wednesday morning in Tobago.

The two homes, which were both two-storey buildings, were located along Middle Ridge, Bethel, were destroyed by fire around 1.00 am on Wednesday.

According to police reports, there was a fight between two men who reside at one of the homes, in which one of the men threatened to burn down the houses.

Shortly after, neighbours noticed a fire in one of the buildings.

An alarm was raised and the occupants of both buildings, including a 14-year-old special needs child, were immediately removed from the homes.

Residents of the community attempted to form a bucket brigade, however, the flames were too powerful.

Fire officers were immediately notified, and appliances were on the scene within minutes.

While the officers were eventually able to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby structures, they were not able to save the two buildings.

From initial estimates, damages were placed at well over $5million – with structures having initial values of $3.1 million and $2.3 million, respectively.

Fire officers are expected to return to the scene today in an attempt to get a cause of the blaze.

When this is done, police will determine how the course of the investigation will proceed.

Inquiries are being supervised by ACP Roberts.

Anyone who wishes to assist the family can call Iseleen Sammy at 763-2493, or Ezekiel Jack at 318-8678.

More on this as it becomes available.

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