After fighting a structural fire on Fritz Lane and Seventh Terrace for nearly three hours yesterday morning, police said they discovered the charred remains of a body that was burned beyond recognition inside the building.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Audley Peters said firefighters responded to incident around 3 a.m. When they arrived, Peters said firefighters met a two-story structure engulfed in flames.
Shortly after 6 a.m., Peters said the fire was extinguished.
He said firefighters then entered the building and found the charred remains of a body outside a bathroom door.
Judith Glinton, a resident of one of the apartments that was badly damaged, said she lost everything after the fire ripped through the building.
“I woke up and I went to the window and I said, ‘I smell smoke,’” she said.
“‘Where is smoke coming from?’
“Then after that I heard my brother say, ‘Get up. Get up. A fire in the place.’”
Glinton said her family escaped from the apartment and attempted to save her neighbors.
But there was one man they couldn’t save.
“The gentlemen who died, we couldn’t do anything for him,” she said.
“The fire was coming from his room. So there was nothing we could do.
“The only thing we could do was try and call everybody and everybody survived but him. I’m very sorry. We couldn’t help him but I wish we could help him.”
Glinton said she’s not sure what she and her family will do next.
Peters said that arson is not suspected as the cause of the blaze.