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Police still unsure what caused fire that led to baby’s death

TANEKA THOMPSON
Guardian Senior Reporter
taneka@nasguard.com

Published: May 17, 2013

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Police still do not know what caused a fire that led to the death of a five-month-old girl on Mother’s Day, according to Director of Fire Services Superintendent Walter Evans.

Evans said police are still investigating the tragedy and will not release many details about the case.  He also could not say if he expected any charges to be filed in connection to the child’s death. When asked if the child was left unattended at the time of the fire or was at home with loved ones, Evans said he would release that information at a later date.

He added that the family is helping police in their investigation.

“We are getting assistance but bear in mind they lost a loved one,” he said.  “Certainly they are grieving.”

Evans said he expected to be able to release more information on the investigation by this afternoon.

The infant was killed in a fire that gutted an apartment building on Exuma Street in The Grove.

Police said the child’s uncle tried in vain to rescue her from the flames.

“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.

When firemen arrived at the scene they met the top of the two-story building on fire.  The flames were put out and firefighters found the infant’s remains.

Evans said the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) was called in to disconnect the power at the house for the safety of the fire fighters.

Distraught family members crowded the scene opposite the charred apartment.

A relative of the infant identified her as Satiya Cooper.

Her 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.


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