Saturday 6 June, 2020

Elderly woman dies in Portmore house fire

A senior citizen died in a fire at her home in Barbara Village, Portmore in St Catherine on Saturday.

The deceased woman has been identified as 65-year-old domestic helper, Catherine Markland.

The Portmore police reported that about 2.48 pm, residents heard cries for help in the community and saw smoke coming from Markland's house.

The police and fire department were alerted and on their arrival, the house was seen engulfed in flames.

During cooling down operations, the charred remains of the elderly woman was found.

Markland’s death followed close on the heels of the death of two boys in another house fire in Norwood, St James on Friday night, after being reportedly left alone among other young siblings.

The deceased are one-year-old Tyler McLeod and eight-year-old Javinci Palmer.

Their mother has been arrested and is expected to be charged under the Child Care and Protection Act.

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