Monday, January 22, 2018

Disabled boy dies in fire

A six-year-old disabled boy perished in a fire at his home in Sangre Grande this morning.

The charred remains of little Kristan Meyers were recovered inside a bedroom at his family's Mulchan Road, Guaico home.

Kristan was diagnosed with spina bifida, a spinal disorder, at birth.

Police said the boy was asleep with his 25-year-old mother Latoya Meyers and four siblings in the two-bedroom house when she was awaken by the smell of smoke around 3.15am.

Meyers and her children - Kristan; Chelsea, nine; Christopher, eight; Kadel, two and Amelia, one - were huddled together in one bedroom when fire broke out in the living room.

Police said Meyers raised an alarm and hustled the children out of the house. But when she returned for little Kristan the house was already engulfed in flames.

Fire officers responded and discovered the boy's body on the lower part of a double deck bed. A district medical officer visited the scene and the remains were removed to the Forensic Science Centre in St James, where and autopsy would be performed today.

Preliminary investigations found that the blaze was caused by faulty electrical wiring. Superintendent Hinds, acting inspector Lutchman, sergeants Alfred and Harper, constable Mootoo and other officers attached to the Sangre Grande police station visited the scene and are continuing investigations.