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.
T&TEC has said that an early morning fire at T&TEC’s Savonetta Substation is being investigated.
It says all residential customers were restored by approximately 11:30 a.m and that industrial customers were back on supply as at 12:30 p.m., with the exception of one industrial customer which is conducting internal checks before they pick up the available T&TEC supply.
T&TEC said the substation structure is intact and that at this point there is nothing to suggest that anything unusual may have led to the fire.
A 72-year-old was killed in a fire which gutted his Gasparillo home on Saturday evening, becoming the second elderly person to be killed in a fire in just a matter of days.
Reports say, Leroy Walters of Bonne Aventure Road, who was partially blind and immobile, was trapped in by the flames and was unable to be rescued from the burning house.
Reports say around 7:30 PM on Saturday, an explosive sound was heard in the house, then the fire broke out.
An early morning fire claims the life of a disabled man.
CNC3 news understands that around 2 am on Thursday residents along Ryan Street, Petit Bourg San Juan reported seeing smoke coming from a home in the area. The police and fire services were contacted, however, upon arrival, the one storey structure was engulfed by flames. After the blaze was contained the charred remains 80-year-old Christopher Hylan who had one leg was discovered. Investigations to determine the cause of blaze are ongoing.
An early morning fire in downtown Port of Spain has gutted several businesses and caused over a quarter million dollars in damages.
The fire started just after 9 am this morning.
Witnesses say they saw smoke coming from a closed booth and alerted the Fire Service. However, by the time they arrived, the fire had already consumed the entire building. The firefighters did manage to contain the blaze and stop the fire from spreading to the nearby New City Mall.
Two days after he set himself on fire, SRP Gary Alexander has died.
Alexander, 62, of Jebodhsingh Trace, Fyzabad died during the early hours of Tuesday morning having sustained second degree burns to 90 per cent of his body.
During an interview yesterday, his daughter Shanice Alexander, 25, said they were awaiting the arrival of relatives from abroad before organizing Alexander's funeral.