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Disabled man killed in house fire
After extinguishing the blaze that razed the home of a physically disabled Claxton Bay vendor, firefighter found his charred remains leaning on his burnt-out door. Glen Ramkissoon, 39, a DVD vendor of Mansingh Trace, suffered the ghastly fate shortly around 4.30 pm yesterday. According to his sister, Ana Ramkissoon, he would usually secure his home because of thieves in the area. She said Ramkissoon was injured in a vehicular accident 15 years ago, which damaged his foot and affected his memory.
“I saw his skeleton close to the door, as if he was trying to come out. He was sickly because of the accident and he could not work anywhere. He used to walk with a limp because he had an accident 15 years ago and he got a lash on his head. He used to lock the house because it is not safe in this area, people does thief. I don’t know if he rest the key where he forgot. Sometimes he used to forget.
“I saw him alive three days before because I live in St Margarets. I don’t know what happened exactly, but I know he used to drink and smoke. I don’t know if a cigarette fell and it light up. He was quiet, he was always by himself,” Ana said. Fire officers were yet to determine the cause of the fire. An autopsy on Ramkissoon is carded for tomorrow at the Forensic Science Centre.
And in an unrelated incident, police are investigating the death of a 14-year-old boy who is suspected of committing suicide after he was found hanging at his Reid Lane, D’Abadie home in Arima on Saturday night. Police said around 11.30 pm, Jameel Miller, was found dead by his elder sister when she woke up to use the bathroom. She told police she saw her brother hanging from a belt which was tied to some metal rafters.
A hand-written note was found on the cupboard of the living room. The contents of the note were not revealed by police.