Dominica has recorded its first road fatality and house fire for 2011 on the same date.
Fire officials have reported that the top floor of the house of Scholastic Defoe, a Grand Bay resident, were completely destroyed by fire, few minutes after midday on Wednesday, January 5.
“This is our first house fire for the year and we are asking persons to ensure that all is well when they are leaving their homes to go out on errands,” said Philsbert Samuel, leading fire officer.
The cause of the fire to the concrete house is still unknown, according to fire officials, but no one was hurt in the incident.
On Wednesday evening, Ian Didier, 44, died after being struck by a Nissan car in Silver Lake, at about 5 p.m. according to police.
“He sustained head injuries and was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital for medical attention. By 6:30 p.m. he succumbed, and was officially pronounced dead by Dr. Andrew,” said Police Public Relations Officer Inspector Claude Weekes.