Disaster

Seven homeless after Laventille fire

A bush fire got out of con­trol af­ter a man tried to burn some dried grass de­stroyed two homes and a car in Laven­tille on Sunday leav­ing sev­en peo­ple home­less.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the two wood­en hous­es caught fire around 9 am in Block 22, Laven­tille.

The af­fect­ed fam­i­lies were not present when Guardian Me­dia vis­it­ed the scene around 10 am.

Res­i­dent Se­le­na Williams said she was get­ting ready for church when she was alert­ed by neigh­bours about the blaze.

“I smell the bush burn­ing and I peek out,” she said.

King's Wharf fishermen still waiting for help after fire

A month after a fire destroyed eleven shacks on King's Wharf, fishermen are still waiting for assistance to buy back their boat engines and nets.

Stella Rasool who lost over $75,000 worth of nets and engines said since the fire they have not been able to go back to sea.

"The boat pulled up because we lost our engine. It really hard for us. Right now we living off our savings. We have four children to take care of and it really hard," Rasool said. 

She said after the fire San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello promised to assist.

Locust spraying hampered by heavy rain

Heavy rains put a damper on spraying operations inside the agricultural estates near Bunsee Trace, Penal on Tuesday as farmers continue to grapple with crop losses.

The locusts which are about a centimetre in length, have been gobbling down fields of cassava, peas, ochroes and bodi near the forests of Mon Diablo. Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat said spraying started since Sunday.

However, residents of Penal Rock said not all the areas are being covered.

Locusts invade Penal farms

Ex­ten­sive spray­ing has start­ed in a bid to erad­i­cate swarms of lo­custs which have al­ready de­stroyed sev­er­al acres of crops at Mendez Vil­lage, Pe­nal.

Res­i­dent Hem­raj See­lal said the lo­custs have been feed­ing off trees in the forests since Jan­u­ary but over the past month, they have start­ed de­stroy­ing fields of peas, cas­sa­va, ochroes and bo­di.

“They eat­ing up the ochro trees. We are fac­ing a lot of loss­es right now,” See­lal said on Mon­day.

Three hurt as cement truck falls on car in Tobago

Police are investigating a major accident in Tobago which has left three people injured.

Police say a cement truck was proceeding along the roadway near Hope when it encountered a low-lying cable.

One eyewitness said the truck flipped in the air and landed on its side on top of a car trapping those inside.

First responders are currently on the scene.

The accident has caused a massive traffic pile-up in the area.

Hope is located just a few miles east of Scarborough.

Fishermen shacks destroyed by fire

Fire destroyed 11 fishermen shacks at Kings Wharf, San Fernando on Monday night, leaving over $200,000 in losses. 

Among the items burnt were two vehicles, boat engines, household items, tools and fish storage coolers.

President of the San Fernando Fishing Cooperative said the fishermen were out at sea when they saw the flames in the coast. 

Dhanraj Goolcharan said he immediately picked up his nets and came back to his place only to see the line of shacks burning.

Firefighters were on spot trying to contain the blaze.

Fire guts century-old building in Princes Town

One of the old­est build­ings in Princes Town has been de­stroyed in a fire.

Po­lice said Car­los Bar on High Street, caught fire around 3 am on Mon­day.

One of the prop­er­ty own­ers Sheri­dan Mo­hammed said he was un­cer­tain what caused the fire.

“At this point, we are think­ing it could have been an elec­tri­cal prob­lem,” Mo­hammed said even though there were no pow­er surges or no­tice­able elec­tri­cal mal­func­tion­ing pri­or to the blaze.

Autopsy: Baby Prince succumbed to toxic smoke inhalation

Three-year-old Prince Francette, who died after being trapped in his father's car during an explosion in Tabaquite, succumbed to toxic smoke inhalation.

This was revealed during an autopsy conducted at the San Fernando mortuary on Monday. Francette,  suffered burns to 100 percent of his body after his father's two-door Nissan March exploded on Friday.

During an interview yesterday, Justin Francette said the autopsy vindicated him.

Father shares tear-jerking video of son who died in explosion

The father of three-year-old Prince Francette who died after his father's car exploded on Friday, has shared tear-jerking video and photos of him on his Facebook page.

Justin Francette posted four videos today as he tries to come to terms with the grief of his son's passing.

He stated: "I always cherished every moment I spent with u...Bbz u will always b my prince and ik u will b looking at me from heaven making sure ur daddy is strong .....I Love u bbz and would never do anything to loose u......Hmmm this is very hard Bt imma stay strong just for u Prince baby ...RIP."

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