Tuesday, October 22, 2019

T&T Boy, 7, Burns Down Home By Accident

Trinidad Guardian:- A sev­en-year-0ld boy play­ing with match­es ac­ci­den­tal­ly torched his fam­i­ly’s home, leav­ing 11 peo­ple home­less.

With their home now de­stroyed, a Moru­ga fam­i­ly is now plan­ning a “sit down” with their chil­dren to dis­cuss fire safe­ty.

The fire that de­stroyed the Mc In­tyres’ four-apart­ment fam­i­ly home left six adults and five chil­dren with on­ly the clothes on their backs. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, when in­ves­ti­ga­tors spoke to the child’s moth­er, she ad­mit­ted that her son was play­ing with match­es and ac­ci­den­tal­ly set the mat­tress on fire.

Pat Mc In­tyre told Guardian Me­dia yes­ter­day that most of the fam­i­ly was at home along Richard­son Street, Basse Terre on Mon­day.

She was in her up­per apart­ment mak­ing a few calls and her daugh­ter, who at­tends the Uni­ver­si­ty of the South­ern Caribbean, was com­plet­ing her as­sign­ments when smoke start­ed ris­ing through the floor­boards.

With heat in­ten­si­fy­ing quick­ly, she said they ran down­stairs and re­alised that the smoke was sur­round­ing the house.

“I tried to go back up, but the smoke was black. The neigh­bours came out and tried to out it, but things start­ed ex­plod­ing so we just had to leave every­thing and head for the road. The house was very old, so it hap­pened very fast,” Mc In­tyre said.

The Princes Town Fire Sta­tion was con­tact­ed but the fire ten­ders had to leave Williamsville to reach Moru­ga. By the time they ar­rived, there was noth­ing to save. Even the pet rab­bit Sparkle had al­ready per­ished.

The fam­i­ly spent the night at var­i­ous rel­a­tives and re­turned to ru­ins yes­ter­day to de­cide on their step for­ward. Mc In­trye said that of­fi­cials from the Moru­ga/Table­land Con­stituen­cy Of­fice had pro­vid­ed gro­ceries as well as church mem­bers and oth­er peo­ple brought food and cloth­ing.

She said one of her nephews has to write the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment ex­am­i­na­tions on April 4 and has lost all his books and uni­forms. She said the fam­i­ly was hop­ing to re­build the house that she has lived in since she was a ba­by and is hop­ing to get build­ing ma­te­ri­als soon.


  1. Very sad,I think I have matches in the house,Yes thats to light the grill,when theirs money for barbecue.And the wood structures are another issue.

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