Police are investigating an early morning house fire, which claimed the life of former Assistant Commissioner Mr Maurice Darius, which occurred at his True Blue, St. George residence on Tuesday.
The Community Relations Department of the RGPF states that the fire emergency responded to a call around 04:48 hrs. On arrival, one of the occupants was found unresponsive in a room on the upper floor of the two-storey family home. He was administered CPR and was transported to the General Hospital St. George’s where he was pronounced dead.
One bedroom along with its roof area was completely destroyed. No other residents were harmed. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. An autopsy is pending to determine the cause of death.
A prepared statement was sent to our newspaper on the behalf of the Vice President for Business Administration at St. George’s University – Ms Dawne Buckmire, which stated; “St. George’s University is deeply saddened by the loss of Maurice Darius. He served with a tireless commitment to the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. Since joining SGU in 2006, Mr Darius leveraged four decades of public service experience to build crime-prevention partnerships that continue to maintain the peace our community enjoys today”
The statement further added, “the University extends our sympathies and condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.”
According to eyewitness information; Darius left the house upon discovery of smoke inside the home but then returned to secure a laptop computer. The source said it was then that he became trapped inside the house, and succumbed as a result of smoke inhalation.
Darius was the brother of the late Catholic Bishop Vincent Darius.