Friday 28 February, 2020

House Fires, Homicide Dominate Past Weekend

One homicide, two house fires and several ambulance calls dominated the past weekend in St. Lucia.

Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 31 year old, Kieran Johnny aka “Ratel” of Mongouge, Choiseul St. Lucia who was stabbed several times to the body last Saturday.

According to the lawmen, Johnny was at a supermarket in the same area when a known individual accosted him. He succumbed to his injuries at St. Jude Hospital.

This was the country’s 23 homicide for the year, and one of several incidents over the past weekend causing injury to persons and damage to properties.

The fire department recorded a total of 71 ambulance responses, inclusive of both the North and the South of the island, 46 of that in the north while 25 was recorded in the south.

Fire Prevention Officer, Stacy Joseph said that the fire service also recorded four cases each of physical assaults and motor vehicle accidents over the weekend.

She said that none of the motor vehicular accidents were of a tragic nature, however two patients were transported to Victoria Hospital in a stable condition. They appeared to have minor injuries.

The first house fire call was on Saturday at approximately 6:05 a.m. at Austin Hill, Derniere Riviere, Dennery.

“On arrival, it was discovered that smoke was emanating from a wooden and concrete structure measuring approximately 24 by 48 feet. After conducting a scene size up, it was discovered that the fire was confined to the living and adjoining bedroom of the house. Upon gaining entry into the structure, a four man rescue team conducted a search for the occupants. However, no one was recovered. The fire was then brought under control and subsequently extinguished by the responding crew. Investigations are ongoing into the cause of this fire,” Joseph said.

Fire fighters responded to another house fire call later that day at about 2:30 p.m. at Roots Alley Lane, Vieux Fort. One dwelling house measuring approximately 22 by 40 feet, was completely destroyed. No one was reported injured from that fire.

Fire fighters were also called out to hose down a tent that caught fire, a pile of rubbish and a vehicle that was ablaze.

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