UPDATE: Veteran fire officer responded to house fire which killed his elderly father

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UPDATE: Veteran fire officer responded to house fire which killed his elderly father

The St. Lucia Fire Service is still trying to ascertain the cause of last night’s deadly house fire which killed a 90-year-old man, who is ironically is the father of a veteran fire officer – who was among the unit which responded to the incident.

Deputy Chief Officer Lambert Charles told St. Lucia News Online that they received the report of a fire at Maynard Hill, Castries at 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13. Two fire units and an ambulance responded to the report.

On arrival, a three-bedroom concrete structure with a basement was observed on fire.

Lambert said the team learned that an elderly man was suspected to be the only person inside the house.

“It was futile to get in because the entire building was completely engulfed,” Charles said.

Among those who responded to the scene was the fire victim’s son, leading fireman 235 Alexander.

“His son was at the scene trying to physically assist. He was on duty and responded to the report,” he said.

Charles said the fire team tried to assist their comrade deal with the situation.

“He is a 30-year veteran of the fire service so he would deal with that a little bit better than a junior person. We were around to give him some support but when everyone else is gone that’s a different story,” Charles said.

Regarding the team’s efforts to fight the blaze, Lambert said although the water pressure was low “because it’s an elevated area, that did not significantly affect the firef ighters”.

“The fire was controlled within quick time; within half hour it was under control, but the total extinguishing took a while,” Lambert said.

The entire building was extensively damaged and the cause of the fire is not yet known as investigations continue, Lambert said.

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