Tuesday 21 January, 2020

Smoke in Boscobelle triggers memories of nephew’s death

Dorothy Hutchinson in her quiet shop.

Dorothy Hutchinson in her quiet shop.

Dorothy Hutchinson is past the point of reporting the culprits and just numb about the indiscriminate burning in Boscobelle and Gays in St. Peter since her nephew died.

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A shopkeeper running her small business in the quiet community, Dorothy spoke to Loop today after the students at the nearby Elliot Belgrave Primary School had to once more be evacuated from the school premises because of smoke in the area.

She lamented that every morning and every night morning around 4:30 am and 5:00 am and then again in the evening 7:00 pm, 8:00 pm. “All de time, all de time!

“They know the school children at school, upwards to this morning then, as yuh open de window you inhaling smoke, smoke, smoke.”

She spoke to Loop today, Thursday, December 13, 2018.

When asked if she reported this issue this week, she shook her head and sounding defeated, she added, “I don’t call the police nor firemen anymore because through that I lost a nephew already because when they light up de fire and thing it affect he then and he take in and he went de hospital and he never come back home. And I say yuh see me? I would gaw bear it ‘cause it’s ignorance.”

Her nephew Leroy Edwards was affectionately known as ‘Tippin’ and he worked at C.O.Williams. He had three children.

Reminiscing about ‘Tippin’, she said, “You couldn’t wish for a better person. When he passed away it shake up de whole district.”

Noting that this is about four years now that he has died, she asserted this is not a new problem yet it is puzzling.

“I don’t know wuh duh burning so. I don’t know. Put de tings in garbage bags and put dem, give dem to de garbage truck. I don’t burn anything.”

Where her shop is located along Gays Road, a stone’s throw from the Elliott Belgrave School’s gate, Dorothy said it hurts her heart to see the children going back home “every day, every day”.

And now, though she is not worried about herself, besides the students and teachers, she said, “My cousin below has small children and them asthmatic.” The babies in the homes around Dorothy's shop are weeks old and a couple months old. But she said the months-old baby is at the nursery during the day.

She said it's now the parents of the babies who are the ones who go up in the district and beg the people to out the fires.

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