The haunting screams of a young man calling for his mother sent chills through bystanders who gathered in a St Philip district early Monday morning where two people died in a house fire.
There was growing horror as Barbadians awoke to the tragic news that 43-year-old Kim-Marie Greenidge and her daughter, eight-year-old Nazariah Greenidge, perished in the early morning blaze at their Heddings home.
The young man’s screams pierced the air and he had to be physically restrained from going towards the burnt house as lawmen conducted their investigations. The young man, the deceased’s son, whose name was not given, cried out to see his mother. Eventually, he was taken to a nearby residence, where relatives made an effort to calm him down.
The pain was etched on the faces of relatives and friends who gathered at the scene and looked helplessly at the destroyed two-bedroom concrete and timber house.
Tears flowed freely as loved ones struggled to contain their grief. From a distance, residents from the immediate area and surrounding communities huddled in groups.
The Barbados Police Service reported that around 4:30 a.m. on Monday they received a report about the fire. Two tenders from the Worthing and Bridgetown fire stations and nine fire officers under the command of Divisional Officer Tremelle Perch responded to the blaze.
Relatives told members of the media that they were too distraught to speak. However, several of Kim-Marie’s friends who gathered at the scene described her as a “nice lady”.