A 3-year-old boy died in the fire that destroyed a wooden home in Diamond on Wednesday, police have confirmed.
In a statement on Thursday, police said three minors who are siblings were at home alone at the time of the fire, about 2:25 p.m.
Police did not disclose the name of the child but said that at the time of the blaze the children’s mother “reportedly went to do a chore not too far away from where the house was located”.
The house was a 25×30 plywood structure with a concrete floor and galvanised roof.
“The fire destroyed the house and all of its contents and killed the youngest sibling who was a three-year-old boy,” police said, adding that the two other children escaped unhurt.
“Police officers in the district, community members, and officers from the Fire Department all assisted in extinguishing the fire,” police said.
“After the fire was extinguished, the police searched for the remains of the child. The District Medical Officer arrived on the scene and later identified the charred remains of the deceased. A post-mortem examination will be conducted on the body to ascertain the exact cause of death,” the police statement said.
“The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines expresses sincere condolences to all those who are adversely affected by this tragic incident.
“Members of the public who have information that can assist with the investigation are encouraged to call 999/911 or contact the Officer in charge of the South Central Division at 1-784-458-4200. All calls will be treated confidentially. Investigations are ongoing.”