The Saint Lucia Fire Service was kept busy over the past few days, responding to fires and ambulance calls.
According to spokesman, Damian Jn Baptiste, for the weekend of December 24 to 28, the Fire Service recorded 132 ambulance responses, inclusive of both the North and the South of the island.
Jn Baptiste disclosed that ten of the recorded calls were motor vehicular incidents and ten were calls relating to physical assault.
He said six fire calls were also recorded.
They included a structural fire at Chassin, Babonneau on Thursday 24 December at approximately 4:20 a.m.
Jn Baptiste said emergency personnel found one structure of galvanize construction measuring approximately 12×26 feet ablaze.
He noted that the structure, which was occupied by one individual, was destroyed.
Jn Baptiste said that as a result of the fire, one male individual who suffered burns on his body, was transported to the OKEU Hospital for medical treatment.
Police later confirmed that the victim, identified as Winston Dosithee, 51, died the following day.
Law enforcement officials revealed that the deceased had been bound hand and foot when he was pulled from the burning building.
The death is considered a homicide.
The Saint Lucia Fire Service has also reported that the Gros Islet Fire Station on Thursday December 24, at approximately 10:15 p.m. responded to a report that a male individual was physically assaulted in Boguis, Babonneau.
Spokesman Damian Jn Baptiste said the responders found one male appearing unresponsive lying on his back in a drain, with what appeared to be a laceration to his head.
“An assessment of the individual revealed no vital signs. He was later pronounced dead by a medical doctor and the scene was left in the care of the police,” Jn Baptiste stated.
Headline photo caption: Fire Service spokesman, Damian Jn Baptiste