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5-year-old boy dies in house fire

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BY HORACE HINES
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hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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FLANKER, St James — A five-year-old boy, who had been left in the care of his grandmother, perished in a blaze which razed a nine-bedroom board house at New Road in this inner city community yesterday afternoon.

The dead child has been identified as Jadan Peterkin.

According to Pauline Anderson, the boy’s grandmother, the tragedy occurred shortly after his mother left him in her care to run an errand.

Anderson said she was alerted by blood-curdling screams from her grandson who was trapped in another house, on the same premises, that had caught fire.

She said efforts to rescue the helpless child from the inferno proved futile, as she could not gain entry to the house.

Residents tried to put the blaze out but it quickly spread through the structure.

“I was around the other house and I hear him a call mi. When mi come out and look, a pure fire and mi a try tek him out from the front and mi couldn’t tek him out from the front. Mi tell him to go around the back, and by the time mi fi push away the things roun’ the back, everywhere a pure fire. Mi couldn’t help him no more. A pure fire just blaze up so,” she related.

“Mi neighbour dem, when dem hear mi cry out, start throw water, but the fire gone, gone, gone,” the grandmother added.

According to Jamaica Fire Brigade Deputy Superintendent in Charge of Operation Rudolph Seaton, the fire brigade received a call about the blaze about 12:46 pm.

One unit from the nearby Ironshore Fire Station responded, but upon arrival the structure was already fully engulfed in flames.

The firefighters were informed that a child might have been trapped inside the burning house, and after conducting cooling down operations the child’s charred remains were discovered.

The firefighters are now investigating to determine the cause of the blaze.

The losses are said to be in the region of $500,000.

The fire brigade is appealing to residents to take all the necessary fire safety precautions into consideration at this time.

 

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