Investigations are now under way into the death of an infant who perished in a fire that destroyed a house in St Mary last night. The child has been identified as two-year-old Brittany Bailey.
Reports are that about 7 p.m., the house was seen on fire. The mother of the child rushed inside to help her and was burnt severely in her failed rescue attempt. The child's burnt remains were discovered after the fire subsided. A call was made to the fire department and a unit arrived to do cooling down operations.
Two other children who were in the dwelling house at the time of the fire received burns and were taken to the Port Maria Hospital along with the mother where they are now hospitalized. Up to press time last night, no estimate was given for the damage.
Meanwhile, it is being speculated that the fire was caused by an illegal connection to the Jamaica Public Service supply. Just recently, a two-year-old baby boy perished in another fire that destroyed the house he was living in along Barclays Close in Savanna-la-Mar on March 19. The baby has been identified as Jermaine Clarke.
Reports are that he was at home around 4 p.m. on the day with his four-year-old sibling, and a woman who was babysitting them.
Neighbours report that they saw the four-year-old running towards them while saying fire was coming out of a television set in the house. Neighbours say moments later, the woman followed shouting 'fire'.
Fire investigators and detectives of the Westmoreland police are yet to find the cause of the inferno that destroyed the seven-apartment board house. The fire also damaged other houses, a two apartment and a six apartment.