A two-year-old boy named Kimani Douglas perished in a fire in Morvant, Trinidad and Tobago on Monday afternoon. When the fire broke out, he was trapped in a room on the first floor.
His mother, Krystal Braithwaite, collapsed to her knees in anguish outside the family’s home on Petunia Avenue, off Coconut Drive. At the same time, she awaited the removal of his remains from the destroyed house.
According to the child’s grand-uncle, he was with Kimani and the younger child’s older siblings, ages 5 and 7, when their mother left the house to go somewhere for a short time.
He claimed that one of the boys went up to him and informed him that there was a fire while he and Kimani were in the upstairs area of the house, and the other two boys were downstairs.
Stanislaus and the other two elder brothers managed to escape the fire, but Kimami could not flee. Stanislaus highlighted that nearby residents quickly came to help forming a bucket brigade after he sounded the alert.
He cried as he spoke, “I sprinted downstairs to check on the fire, but by the time I arrived, it had already consumed the entire downstairs. I was unable to return upstairs. I just want to see the boy”.
The Fire department of Trinidad and Tobago received a distress call at 12:30 p.m. San Juan and Port of Spain apparatuses quickly responded and reached the spot, but the house was already destroyed when they arrived, resulting in the death of Kimani.
The locals came to the scene one by one as they grieved the loss of the young kid. They stopped Kimani’s father and other relatives from attempting to rush into the house.
The mansion already has some negative experiences from 2014 when Krystal Braithwaite’s relatives, Jadel Holder, 9, and Jamal Braithwaite, 15, were shot to death in the same home.
Investigators of Trinidad and Tobago are scheduled to visit the home once more to determine what started the fire. Kimani was characterised as a happy, bouncy child by family members. He lives with his mother, Uncle, and older brothers.
Kimani was about to turn 3 in December this year. His neighbours described him as a sweetheart.
Kimani’s Uncle says, ” He always walks around every corner of the house and does everything he can. He couldn’t talk much, but he was very lively. He was alive among us”.
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