Emergency personnel from the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) found a child’s body at the scene of a fire at Morne Serpent, Gros Islet, on Friday.
SLFS Communications Officer Stacy Joseph said the deceased had severe burns.
Joseph said the discovery came after emergency personnel responded to a structural fire report at approximately 1:05 pm and found a single-storey dwelling house fully engulfed in flames.
She disclosed that the responders encountered difficulty accessing the scene due to the unplanned development and layout of structures.
Nevertheless, Joseph explained that the firefighters quickly contained the fire, which did not damage nearby properties.
But the SLFS spokeswoman said the blaze destroyed the wooden house and its contents.
“A young male individual was found near the house with severe burns to his body. An assessment of the child revealed that there were no signs of life,” Joseph stated.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
There are no further details at present.