Cops probe fire death

PORT OF SPAIN – Police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old Arouca woman who lost her life in a fire at her home on Saturday morning.

The death of Vanessa Samuel, of Nautillus Circular Road, Bon Air West, has been classified by detectives as a suicide.

According to police reports, at around 11:45 a.m., Samuel was at home with her mother, when she suddenly left the living room and went into her bedroom. Shortly after, smoke was seen coming from within the room. Police said Samuel’s mother attempted to open the door but it was locked from the inside. She then alerted neighbours who assisted in putting out the blaze, but by the time the fire was extinguished, Samuel was already dead.

Her body found in the room which had been completely destroyed. The rest of the house was not affected by the blaze except for water and smoke damage, said police. When the Express visited Samuel’s home yesterday morning, her family refused to speak about the incident.

However, police said they were told by the woman’s relatives that over the past few weeks she had been “acting and behaving strange.”

“She was saying strange things and acting in strange ways. The family carried her to the doctor to find out what was going on and the doctor said she was probably under some type of stress,” police said.

Officers of the Arouca Police Station visited the scene and carried out enquiries. Samuel’s body was removed to the Forensic Sciences Centre in St. James where an autopsy is expected to take place today. (Express)

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