Disaster

Claxton Bay family homeless after fire

Just a week after losing his job at Weldfab Limited, a Claxton Bay man and his family lost their home in a fire on Wednesday.

Surlal Ramgoolie, 52, his wife Omatie and their son Sean Ramgoolie, 19 escaped death when their wooden and concrete home at Teak Avenue, caught fire shortly before midnight.

Their pet parrots and three caged bullfinches died in the blaze. Their dog nicknamed Puppy got severe burns to his face. 

Standing outside the ruins of the house, a distraught Omatie said she did not know how to move on.

Woman involved in accident dies at hospital

The pedes­tri­an who was in­volved in an ac­ci­dent on Mar­aval Road this morn­ing has died of her in­juries.

The woman, iden­ti­fied as Pa­tri­cia La Chapelle, 62, of Point Fortin, was knocked down at the cor­ner of Sweet Bri­ar Road at around 10 am.

She ap­peared to have suf­fered head in­juries and was rushed to hos­pi­tal where she died a few hours lat­er.

 

Young meets with US SOUTHCOM on Disaster Risk Reduction

National Security Stuart Young has met with the United States Southern Command to discuss Trinidad and Tobago’s participation in the National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) programme.

The NDPBA is being undertaken by the Pacific Disaster Centre (PDC) throughout the Latin America and Caribbean region and is sponsored by the United States Southern Command.

Man killed by falling line

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way in­to the ac­ci­den­tal death of an Aripero man who was killed by a falling util­i­ty line on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Ul­rich John was in Rousil­lac Vil­lage vis­it­ing his moth­er around 10 am when dis­as­ter struck.

Eye­wit­ness­es told po­lice that he was just about to en­ter his moth­er's yard along Vir­ginia Av­enue when a truck be­long­ing to Massy Stores was head­ing along the South­ern Main Road.

The truck ac­ci­den­tal­ly got hooked up to some low ly­ing TSTT ca­bles, pulling them down.

Int'l: Death toll in California fires at 77, over 1,200 still unaccounted for

The toll from the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history rose further to 77, the sheriff’s office said, after a vigil to honor the victims.

“One human remain was located today,” raising the toll by one in the so-called Camp Fire which broke out 10 days earlier in northern California, a statement from the Butte County Sheriff said.

“Of the 77 fatalities, we have tentatively identified 67 individuals,” the sheriff’s office said.

The number of people unaccounted for has fallen to 993, from a peak that exceeded 1,200, the statement added.

Tobago man dies in a fire

One man is dead and three peo­ple home­less af­ter an ear­ly morn­ing fire at East­er Field Road, To­ba­go, in the ear­ly hours of Mon­day.

Dead is An­tho­ny Charles, 61, whom fam­i­ly say suf­fered from a men­tal dis­or­der.

Ac­cord­ing to the Di­vi­sion­al Fire Of­fi­cer, the Scar­bor­ough Fire Sta­tion re­ceived re­ports of a fire at 3.40 am. When fire­fight­ers got to the scene they were told three of four peo­ple had been ac­count­ed for.

When the fire­fight­ers doused the flames and searched the prop­er­ty they found Charles’ re­mains in one of the bed­rooms.

Teens feared drowned in flood waters return home

When flood wa­ters be­gan ris­ing at the Poodai La­goon in Pe­nal to­day, two teenage friends de­cid­ed to use an in­flat­able bed to float down the flood­ed street.

But when the bed got a hole and sank, res­i­dents of Sat­nar­ine Trace and Ram­s­ingh Trace mount­ed a man­hunt be­liev­ing that the teenagers had drowned.

Int'l: California fires' death toll rises to 50

The number of people killed in wildfires burning in California has risen to 50 -- including 48 from Northern California's Camp Fire, already the most destructive and deadly blaze in state history.

As firefighters battle that fire Wednesday in Butte County north of Sacramento, authorities fear more human remains will be found as searchers comb through rubble and ashes in Paradise, the ravaged town of about 27,000 residents.

"I want to tell you, though, this is a very, very difficult process," Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory L. Honea told reporters.

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