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An internet photo of a house fire.
An internet photo of a house fire.
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Police have launched a murder and arson investigation after a Valentine’s Day fire that left a Cedars man dead.

The dead man is Ohene Kaoma Samuel/Sutherland, a 41-year-old labourer.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that on Monday, February 14, 2022, at about 11 p.m., an unknown person(s) caused the death of the deceased by setting fire to his 12×13 ply wooden dwelling house causing him to receive severe burns to his body.”

The police said that the blaze destroyed the house and its content, including three dogs.

Samuel/Sutherland was subsequently transported to the Georgetown Medical Complex and later transferred to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) for medical attention.

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However, he died on Feb. 16 and a post-mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of his injuries, police said.

Police are asking people with information that can assist with this investigation to telephone 1-784-456-1339, 1784-456-1810, or 1784-458-4200.

People with information can also contact any police station or speak with any police officer with whom they are comfortable.

“All information received would be treated confidentially,” police said.