A woman was burnt to death in an early morning fire in Spring Garden Trace, Tobago.
According to Divisional Fire Officer (DFO) David Joseph-Thomas, 59-year-old Lilda Alleyne-Peters was found dead in the building owned by Dale Phillips. It has been estimated to be worth some $409,000.
The DFO also said the burnt building had no electricity.
“We got the call about 5 am. When we arrived at the scene the building was fully engulfed. By the time we got the fire fully under control, we discovered the lone occupant of the house dead upstairs, on the eastern side of the building.”
He also said the deceased’s son—Lorrick Peters—received burns to his back and foot, while attempting to rescue his mother. He reportedly is receiving treatment at the Scarborough Hospital.
Other nearby buildings owned by the Phillips family and Dawn Keith received “superficial damage” valued at $500 and $7,000, respectively, DFO Joseph-Thomas told Guardian Media.
He said investigations continue into the cause of the blaze.
Officers of the fire service department were still on the scene, at the time of this report.