“President deeply saddened” by death of two children in fire
President David Granger says he is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic fire, which took the lives of two young children at the Children’s Drop-in Centre on Hadfield Street in Georgetown on Thursday night.
In a statement the President said he “mourns the loss life of these children, who will never have the opportunity to rise above their circumstances.”
The Head of State committed to assisting the survivors of the incident who depend on the Centre for shelter and support, and who are, no doubt, traumatised by that horrific experience.
“The Head of State will work with the Ministry of Social Protection to ensure that counselling services are provided to the 28 children, who are now housed at the Sophia Care Centre” the statement said.
The names of the two boys who perished in a fire are Antonio George, 6 yrs and Joshua George, 2 yrs.
The police said investigations have so far revealed that fire began on the western section of the upper flat and as the fire engulfed the building, the boys were trapped in the lower flat and their bodies were later found among the debris.
Investigations are continuing.
Earlier this year, work was commenced on the centre to improve the conditions under, which vulnerable children were housed. At the time of the fire, the girl’s dorm had been completely refurbished and works were on-going on the boy’s dorm.
The centre is administered under the Child Care and Protection Agency.