CaribWorldNews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Tues. May 11, 2010: A fire that claimed five lives in Barataria, Trinidad is not politically related, police officials in the twin-island Republic said Monday.
The claim by Acting Commissioner of Police James Philbert comes as a post mortem performed on the family revealed that they died of smoke inhalation after their Barataria home burnt to the ground. Residents report hearing a loud explosion prior to the fire that engulfed the apartment building trapping the five victims.
Police said that the bodies of Ranchan `Bellies` Dourgah, 54, his wife, Taramatie Sirju-Dourgah, 56, their grandchildren Nivon Bobby David, 11, and 22-month-old Christianna Dourgah, as well as their son-in-law Titus Joel Gabriel, 27, were discovered after the fire had been extinguished Sunday at the home of an opposition political activist.
Tourism Minister Joseph Ross, who is contesting the San Juan-Barataria constituency in the May 24 general election, said that he was `very, very saddened over this incident.
His opponent, Dr Faud Khan, while he did not want to speculate on the cause of the fire, said he hoped it wasn`t political.
The police comment comes as reports last week surfaced of a death threat to main opposition leader, Kamla Persad-Bissessar as the countdown begins to the May 24th general election.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Patrick Manning yesterday appealed to Tobagonians to reject the UNC dominated coalition party if they want their island to thrive and prosper.
He said coalition governments failed twice before because they lack vision and depth, C News reported.