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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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