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‘Everything I Had There Burn Down Flat’ – Child With Matches Blamed For La Pansee Fire


A La Pansee, Castries, resident arrived home on Saturday morning from work as a security guard only to discover that a fire had destroyed his house.

Aloysious Mathurin, also known as ‘Lion’, told St Lucia Times that he lost everything, including cash he was saving in a wardrobe, travel documents, bicycles, and weed eaters he used to care for lawns as another source of income.

“When I question my girlfriend, she have a lil boy there, so apparently she went to the toilet and the lil boy, probably, because I told her don’t leave no matches nowhere around. So he climbed up where he go, take the matches and he light something in there. I suspect is in the room he light the fire,” Mathurin said.

“By the time she told me she come out of the toilet she see big fire. Now the lil boy run out,” he told St Lucia Times.

Mathurin said there was no time to save anything, but he  managed to remove his two dogs from harm’s way.

“Everything I had there burn down flat,” he lamented.

Mathurin’s girlfriend, her seven-year-old son and Mathurin’s 26-year-old son lived in the bottom part of the building.

On the other hand, Mathurin’s brother and family lived upstairs.

The Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) said it received a call for help at about 7:00 am on Saturday and, on arrival, found the house fully engulfed in flames.


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  1. Sad, but how old is this girlfriend of yours and was your adult son home to? how far is the toilet from the house. Was there music turned on? Does your girlfriend spend a long time in the toilet? Does your girlfriend smoke? Was the water in the area cut off? I am trying to understand, what exactly was she doing to not smell the fire or hear the child with matches, because you may have to let that woman go if she is unable to help you rebuild. Make her ask her child father to help you out.

  2. Sounds like all the blame is laid upon a 7 year old. Children should be supervised at all times. Statistically, tragedy happens when they are not adequately supervised, as in this case. It is better that you lost the house that is able to be rebuilt than to have lost this child who could have easily set his clothes/himself alight.

  3. Se was on her phone. Scrolling away on social media, neglected the child, the child do what children do. Women should not be allowed on social media, for the sake of the future of the world an our society. Women and especially mother’s, should not be allowed on social media.

    Husbands, boyfriends, you need to break women free of this spell that social media has on them. Do not condone their obsession with scrolling on Instagram and Facebook. It is destroying our society.

    Step up men. We need to lead our women in the right direction. Do not let women lead you. This is how the devil gets his way.


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