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Toddler dies in fire, father critical at hospital

Tragedy struck for a St James family as a three-year-old toddler died after a fire consumed her home on Friday morning. The child's father, Abiola Alleyne is now listed in critical condition at the Port of Spain General Hospital as he sustained 60 per cent burns about his body.

The child's mother, Rachel Harewood and the child's four-year-old sibling both survived the blaze.

Harewood, who is said to be very distraught, refused to speak to the Guardian Media.

Child dies in St James fire

A three year old boy perished in an early morning fire at his St James home.

He has been identified as Akauleni Alleyne.

Fire officers told CNC3 NEWS that they received a call at 5 this morning that a house along Dibe Road in Long Circular was on fire. When the officers arrived, the single-storey home was well alight. When fire officers extinguished the blaze, the charred remains of the child were discovered.

CNC3 NEWS understands the child's father is at hospital after receiving severe burns while trying to save the child.

THE LATEST: Explosion at Government Plaza Parkade

At about 11am today, a home-made battery operated device exploded on the 12th floor of the Government Plaza Parkade between Richmond and Edward Streets.

Guardian Media understands the explosion was a minor one, which caused smoke to fill the facility’s elevator and elevator shaft.  This resulted in the elevator being out of service for most of the day.

Reports are that even though the event was reported to the Parkade Management, the threat was not taken seriously.

UPDATE: Explosion at Government Plaza Parkade

Fire officials have confirmed that there was an explosion on the 12th floor of the Government Plaza Parkade between Richmond and Edward streets shortly after 11am.

Fire officials said the explosion occurred at 11:05 a.m.

Officials told Guardian Media this morning's explosion took place in "a confined area," of the Parkade and they called in the Trinidad and Tobago Bomb Unit to the scene to determine the cause of the explosion.

Party promoter threatens legal action against fire officers

A par­ty pro­mot­er has sig­nalled his in­ten­tion to sue the State over the ac­tions of a group of fire of­fi­cers, whom he claims have been at­tempt­ing to sab­o­tage his events.

In a pre-ac­tion pro­to­col let­ter sent to per­ma­nent sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Ly­dia Ja­cobs, lawyers rep­re­sent­ing Gre­go­ry Ce­de­no re­vealed that he is con­sid­er­ing fil­ing a law­suit for ha­rass­ment and tor­tious in­ter­fer­ence fol­low­ing in­ci­dents at two Car­ni­val fetes, last month.

Fire officers overwhelmed with emergency calls as city floods

Officers of the T&T Fire Services say they have received more than 100 emergency calls this morning due to flooding.

The calls followed hours of prolonged rainfall across Trinidad last night.

Reports are that traffic is at a standstill on Wrightson Road and heading East along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

Even while fire officers respond to calls in Port-of-Spain, around 5 am a PTSC bus crashed on the East Bound lane in El Socorro blocking two lanes of traffic.

SOURCE: www.guardian.co.tt

VIDEO: Fire officers electrocuted during rescue

Five fire officers were electrocuted while trying to rescue persons trapped in flood waters in Barataria.

Four were treated and discharged, one remains warded.

 Injures ranged from cuts and bruises about the body while the officer warded suffered more serious injuries.

This took place after a ladder being used came into contact with a high tension wire.

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