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Baby killed in Mother’s Day tragedy

  • Two men assist the distraught grandmother of a five-month-old baby girl who was killed in a fire at an apartment building on Exuma Street in The Grove on Mother's Day. TORRELL GLINTON

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: May 13, 2013

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A five-month-old girl was killed in a fire that gutted an apartment building on Exuma Street in The Grove yesterday afternoon, police said.

Superintendent Walter Evans, director of fire services, said the victim’s uncle made  a “courageous and heroic” attempt to rescue her.

“Due to the intense heat he was unsuccessful in his attempt and as a result of that he received some injury to his right arm,” Evans said on the scene.

He said firefighters got the call just before 2 p.m. that the top portion of a two-story building was ablaze.

He said when the first unit arrived, three minutes later firefighters extinguished the fire and discovered the infant’s remains.

Distraught family members crowded the scene opposite the charred apartment.

A relative of the infant identified her as Satiya Cooper.

The mother, identified as Satanya, was inconsolable at the scene.

After speaking with police, she walked to the side of the home with a friend and held her head before breaking down.

Firefighters and police held her as she fell to the ground screaming.

Evans said police spoke with both the child’s mother and grandmother.

“On a day like today, which is Mother’s Day, that compounds it, even much more for a mother and even a grandmother to know that just this morning they saw a loved one and then in a matter of minutes the loved one has passed on,” he said.

“It is a very, very difficult thing so we have to be very sympathetic with them.”

Evans said firefighters could not yet say how the fire started.

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