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Grieving Grandmother Recalls Efforts To Save Child Who Died In Gros Islet Fire

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The grandmother of a child who died in a Friday afternoon fire in Gros Islet recalled that she was in the sitting room when the 10-year-old called her.

“The child called me -‘ Mama come and see that’. By the time he called me: ‘Come and see that,’ the fire start in the sitting room. By the time I reach on the child I push the child outside, he was on a wheelchair. When I push the wheelchair, I push him outside he fall outside. By the time I push him outside I couldn’t lift him up because he heavy,” the tearful woman told reporters.

She said she did not mind the house going up in flames but was in distress over the tragic death of her grandchild, whom she identified as Akim Monrose.

Charred remains of a house that fire destroyed at Gros Islet.

The grandmother disclosed that although Akim was infirm, he was a loving child.

According to reports, he had cerebral palsy.

The condition affects someone’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

Emergency personnel from the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) said they found the child’s body at the Morne Serpent, Gros Islet fire scene.

Firefighters at Gros Islet fire scene.

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 wooden house fully engulfed in flames.

She explained that the firefighters quickly contained the fire, which did not damage nearby properties.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. Generally the roads in st. Lucia is a pandemic to all drivers. You don’t get an injection but a constant shock in your back regardless if you are a passenger or a driver. If two thousand and twenty three years pass and we cannot get it right when will it happen? Do you think king, Fredrick or guy can fix it? Oh hell NO!

  2. Many children are being killed by fire in St lucia. the dennery one lost 3 in fire. now this story. The Soufriere boy disappeared. no update on him. One thing I know, some of you women not easy! How big was the child, she could not lift him up? smh! all those fires and deaths ought to be investigated.

  3. The lady was his grandmother and she said the child was heavy. I can’t lift my ten year old fearless for this older lady so stop judging without facts.

  4. I am so sorry for your family’s lost. Please be comforted with prayers at this time. Only God why this happened.

  5. Prober….first off 4k you for making this a political matter…

    Secondly…we negroes have only inhabited this island for maybe 300 years….so shut your beak.

    Thirdly…if you have no good contribution on that unfortunate matter at hand….just scroll pass…your comment had no substance…no usable information on the incident….just throw yourself

  6. Prober , it would have gotten right only if the 863 million dollars the former PM had borrowed was put into good use and not been squandered. Up to now ww don’t know the amount of passports sold.
    So? Can things be right?

  7. Not judging just saying kids with that kind of health essue normally are very tiny

  8. Lucians always too quick to judge. No empathy and no compassion but if it were to happen to you, I wonder how you would feel…

  9. I SAW VIDEOS OF THIS INCIDENT AND A PHOTO OF THE LITTLE BOY. FIRSTLY HE WAS NOT TINY RATHER THICK PRIOR TO HIS UNFORTUNATE DEATH. SECONDLY PPL LIKE TO PULL THEIR CAMERAS AND RECORD INSTEAD OF ASSISTING. SOMEONE WHO IS WHEELCHAIR BOUND ARE VERY HEAVY BECAUSE THEY ARE DEAD WEIGHT FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD. RIP TO THIS ANGEL. MAY GOD BE WITH GRANDMA I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HER GRIEF SEEING HIM DYING RIGHT BEFORE HER EYES AND CAN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT

  10. Normally disable people and the elderly who can’t help themselves who rely on others to help them BECOMES DEADWEIGHT… They are heavier than other disabled people who could do something for themselves so the grandma could be right he probably had deadweight so it would be harder for her to lift or move him..

  11. I am telling yu’ll that prober & again charcter is in need of a good flogging may God bless me one day with the honors. I would put a crucifix on his back (salop) and march him to town square. Poor jab grandma yuh couldn’t pick up ish Mel eh ??? Wey wey wey and nobody help yuh eh well boy St Lucians for you.

  12. Double sorrow, to lose a home and a 10 yr. old, not naturally but by fire? to be strapped in a chair, panic stricken in pain of fire burning to death, granny in shock no help around, one for 10 yrs. you’ve cared for, God will they blame me, I wonder??? I am poor and aged, don’t have the strength I once had, the odour of burning, oh what explanation can I Give; Lord, Lord hear my voice; I need to lay me down with my tears, perhaps some peace lord, perhaps some peace.
    I often wonder how the many old ones with only their companion Tears to hold on to, in the cold nights, with only Hope & a Prayer held together by Faith, perhaps some bread in the morning? there was this boy at Soufriere, impaired audibly and by speech, vanished in thin air leaving a loving home with a granny ond others in tears; is he in the arms of the Lord now?
    Mother returns from a short shopping, finding the home on fire with three little ones engulfed by the fire, she was too late; Oh the grief – Only God understands’ so help us Lord. On this Sunday, for you all I’ll say a Prayer.

  13. MY SYMPATHIES, BUT MY LADY YOU COULD HAVE DRAGGED HIM HE WAS OUTSIDE EVEN YOU BREAK SOME BONES HE COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED. JUST SAYING.

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