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Disbelief over fatal fire

May 8, 2023

Police and fire officials are still carrying out investigations on the scene of an early morning house fire where the remains of a woman and her child have been found.

Fire officials received the report at about 4:35 am and two tenders, one from the Worthing station and the other from the Bridgetown station, responded to the scene at Heddings in St. Philip, along with eight officers under the command of Divisional Officer Perch.

It was when fire officials made a check of the dwelling after extinguishing the blaze that human remains were found.

One neighbouring two-storey structure was damaged in the fire along with a vehicle.

When CBC News videographer Christopher Wood went on the scene, police had cordoned off the area as they conducted their investigations. Family members and residents from the area also gathered on the scene; many in shock about what happened.

While the identities of the deceased have not been officially released as yet, CBC News spoke to a close friend of the deceased woman, who shares a son with her.

He said he was in conversation with both the deceased woman and her daughter only yesterday.

Henderson Lovell says he has even kept the little girl for her mother from time to time and she used to call him daddy. He says he is still in disbelief after hearing the news.

Member of Parliament for the area Indar Weir was also on the scene.

And Acting Police Communications and Public Affairs Officer Inspector Stephen Griffith says police officers were first to arrive on the scene.

Inspector Griffith also extended his condolences to the family of the deceased on behalf of both himself and the Barbados police service.

The house was destroyed in a blaze at Heddings in St. Philip.

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