Monday 20 May, 2019

Two rushed into burning home, elderly occupant dies

An elderly man lost his life in the third building fire that occurred yesterday, Monday, February 19, 2019.

Police responded to a report of a house on fire at Kew Road, Bank Hall, St. Michael about 11:20 pm last night.

The police spokesperson Acting Public Relations Officer, Inspector Rodney Inniss told the media that a wood and wall constructed house was completely destroyed by fire. The house was owned and occupied by 76-year-old Eric Fenty.

A passerby observed a small fire at the rear of the house and raised the alarm. He tried to gain entry via a side door but to no avail. He then got assistance from another unknown male and finally gained entry; together they tried to lift the owner, who was in his bed, out to safety, but the heat and smoke forced them to flee. Mr. Fenty perished in the blaze.

Divisional Officer Fields, 10 personnel and two fire tenders responded to the scene and extinguished the fire. There was no other damage to any other property. 

Police investigations are continuing.

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