It was a horrific and tragic scene in Portsmouth on Sunday July 22, as an elderly woman perished during a fire at her home at Upper Lane, in the area of Portsmouth known as Zicack.
The incident occurred at about 7o’clock in the morning.
Dead is Maudrina Walters, better known as ‘Ma Peedis,’ an elderly woman who lived in the wooden house with two other members of her family.
Dominica News Online was able to speak with two neighbours who were the first to arrive at the scene of the fire.They both attempted to rescue the victim, but their heroic efforts were thwarted by the powerful fire and large volume of smoke.
One of the neighbours told DNO that she awoke to shouts from her husband telling her that there was a fire at her neighbour’s house. She said as a close friend of the victim, she immediately ran over to try to help and met the victim’s daughter, Edith Walters, screaming outside in a ‘frantic and panicked’ state.
The neighbor told DNO that she ran into the house and met the victim still conscious in her bedroom. The would be rescuer tried to assist by taking the victim outside, but her large size and immobility due to poor health, prevented them from making much progress.
She said at that point, another neighbor, a male, who also preferred to remain unnamed, came inside the house and tried to help. However, the DNO source said that the heat and smoke forced both of them to leave the house, hoping that fire officials in the proper gear would arrive soon to save the victim.
Unfortunately, by the time the Fire Services arrived, the blaze was already too far advanced for anyone to make another rescue attempt.
The body of the victim was removed from the premises and taken away by the ambulance after the flames were extinguished by the firemen.
No other buildings were damaged during the fire. However most of the contents of the victim’s home were consumed in the blaze.
Photos below by Eric Thomas.
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