Woman fighting for life after fire

A young woman is tonight in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in critical condition after being severely burnt in a fire at Diamond Valley, St. Philip.

Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch, told Barbados TODAY via telephone this evening that 23 year old Lynette Stoute suffered first degree burns to 83 per cent of her body and “is not doing well”.

Stoute was injured when the wood and wall house in which she lived was razed. Also resident in the home, owned by James and Hazel Best, were Stephen Best, nine, Shamya Best, five, Jaydyn Best, four, and Jeleisia Best, two, said Station Officer of the Barbados Fire Service, Mervin Mayers.

Welch said that while information was still sketchy, it was believed that Stoute re-entered the house because she believed two of the children were still inside. However, Mayers reported that the children were unharmed.

Two fire tenders from Worthing and Probyn Street fire stations responded to the blaze, which started just before 9:30 a.m. (KC)

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