Scratch bomb and fireworks play for children in the Mc Bean, Couva community on Divali night ended up in tragedy for three families after two of their houses burst into flames destroying everything.
Nine people are now homeless, including four children – a 13-year-old and a 10-year-old.
The victims are Michael Rampersad, 61, his sons Roger, 37 and Jimmy, 36; Jimmy’s wife Videya Lalla, 34 and their four children ages seven, 10, 12 and 13 and Lalla’s brother Darly Ramnarace.
Single parent father Dillon Cooper grabbed his daughters and ran out of their burning house in Moruga on Thursday night after a candle ignited the wooden house.
Though he managed to save his girls, Cooper was unable to save his house which burnt to the ground.
The fire officers who responded to the call took a wrong road and by the time they arrived, the entire house had gone up in flames.
Dillon said this was the second tragedy he suffered after his brother Anton Cooper was killed by three prison officers at Golden Grove more than a decade ago.
Trapped by his fears of being outdoors, Raffie Mohammed was burnt alive in a fire which destroyed his home in Penal on Monday afternoon.
His sister Nazra Baksh 52, who risked her life in a futile bid to save him, suffered extensive burns to her arms, back and legs, when she tried to pull him out from under a swing in the upper floor of the wooden house at Tulsa Branch Trace, Penal.
Mohammed, 47 suffered from down syndrome since birth and had never before left the safety of his home. He lived with his 87-year-old mother Shairoon Mohammed.
For the second time in as many months, fire broke out inside the Mon Repos Fire Headquarters, prompting officers to call for an immediate rewiring of the entire building.
Throughout Sunday night and for most of the day on Monday, the headquarters, situated at the San Fernando Bye-Pass remained without an electricity supply.
Fire officers said the heat was unbearable in the facility, adding that the toilets were dirty as the water pumps were dysfunctional.
The fire started around 6:20 pm, in an electrical metre inside the engineering section.