One man is in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Princess Magaret Hospital (PMH) nursing serious burns after he was set ablaze in what is said to be a drug deal gone sour.
It is reported that flammable liquid was poured on the man, who is said to be homeless, and he was set afire last Saturday as he slept on a mattress in a derelict building near the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Pottersville.
The building is also used by other homeless people, DNO understands.
The incident reportedly took place in full view of several eyewitnesses who called the Fire and Ambulance Service.
The Fire and Ambulance Service confirmed to Dominica News Online that it responded to a call at Pottersville on Saturday regarding an unidentified male suffering from burn injuries.
DNO understands that the incident took place because of $30 allegedly owed by the man for a drug transaction.
The victim’s brother told DNO that when he was alerted of the incident by a friend, he rushed to the scene with a bucket of water.
Upon arrival he recalls hearing his brother calling his name and saying that he was dying.
“I dash the water but my brother say doh dash more, I cook already,” the distraught man, who does not want to be identified, stated.
The man did not want to go into detail about his brother’s injury.
“I doh want to talk about it, all the man skin fall …” he stated.
DNO is following this story and will provide further information as it becomes available.