Golden Isles MP Vaughn Miller said yesterday a five-year-old boy, who was killed in a house fire in Eleuthera on Monday night, had been left at home with his older sister when the fire broke out.
“[A] small Family Island settlement, they’re devastated and it behooves us to be mindful of the creature comforts that we enjoy,” Miller said in Parliament.
“This particular home, it didn’t have electricity and they were using a candle for light and the mother stepped out and left the 10-year-old daughter and the five-year-old son and before she could return the rest is history, and so I should like to extend my condolences to the mother, Christine Sweeting, and may the soul of her five-year-old son, John Dorsett, rest in peace.”
Police were unable to confirm where the boy’s parents were during the fire.
Miller, who is from Green Castle, where the incident took place, said the boy’s body was found “burnt beyond recognition”.
“You could imagine the effect it has had on the community,” he said.
Police said officers were called to the settlement shortly after 9 p.m. and discovered the home engulfed in flames.
With the help of volunteer firefighters and members of the community, police were able to extinguish the fire.