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Charred body found in rubble of burnt home

 Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of the charred remains of a human being found in the burnt rubble of a Diego Martin home yesterday morning. 

Police reported at about 4 a.m. they received a report a 20x30 foot wooden structure along Second Trace, Bagatelle was on fire.

A party of Western Division officers visited the scene and when they arrived they met officials and appliances from the Diego Martin Fire Station.

For several hours, fire officers fought to contain the blaze and prevent it from re-igniting or spreading to other nearby houses. However, as the fire officers searched through the rubble of the home to do a preliminary examination into the cause of the blaze, they were shocked to come across the charred remains of a body. 

Officials from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations were then notified and crime scene investigators visited the scene.

Some residents of the area told police they heard several loud explosions shortly before the fire was noticed. An autopsy is expected to be conducted at the Forensic Science Centre in St James to confirm if the person may have been shot before the house was set on fire. 

Police sources also said the house was last known to be occupied by 33-year-old Stafford Baptiste.

However, it was emphasised that until an identification could be properly made, this did not mean that the body found was that of Baptiste. 

—Alexander Bruzual

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