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Trinidad: Toddler dies as car catches fire


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Three-year-old Prince Francette, who lost his life after his father’s car exploded.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 16, CMC – Three-year-old Prince Francette died at the San Fernando General Hospital south of here on Friday after he received burns to 100 per cent of his body as he slept in a car that caught fire while his father was fixing the vehicle.

Police said that the father, Justin Francette, 22, was not injured when the vehicle exploded.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the circumstances that led to the tragedy, but the child is reported to have entered the back seat of the vehicle, while his father was doing some modifications to the vehicle that he had recently purchased.

Media reports said that relatives and neighbours of the Central Trinidad town of Tabaquite ,had tried to use a garden hose to extinguish the flames in a desperate bid to save the child

One newspaper reported that the child was “unrecognisable as his entire body was burnt”.

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