Two die in house fire

A renal technician at Princess Margaret Hospital’s Dialysis Unit and another woman died in a house fire on New Providence early Wednesday morning.

Police said they received reports shortly after 1 a.m. of a fire on Williams Drive, off Cowpen Road.

When a fire unit arrived, they found that a single-storey orange and white house was engulfed in flames. After the fire was extinguished, officers searched the home. 

The officers reportedly rescued a man and a woman but found another woman unresponsive in a bedroom.

Emergency Medical Services personnel responding to the scene 

pronounced the unresponsive woman dead.

A man, woman and a boy were transported to the hospital, police said, but the woman later succumbed to her injuries.

In a statement yesterday, the Public Hospitals Authority identified one of the women as Jestine Clarke-Kerr, a renal technician who worked in Nursing Support Services for 25 years.

The PHA said the man rescued from the fire was Kerr’s husband, who remains in the Intensive Care Unit.

“The board of directors, managing director, senior executives, and all staff of the PHA join the Princess Margaret Hospital management and staff in extending condolences to the children, relatives, friends, and colleagues of Mrs. Clarke-Kerr. Her service and memories will be cherished forever,” the PHA said.

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Rachel Scott

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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