T&T man, son die in fire

 (Trinidad Express) Teenager Jelani Joseph died on Saturday, following a fire set by his father, Christopher Joseph, who also perished in the blaze.

In a bid to survive even as flames engulfed his body, Jelani, 17, jumped through a window of his burning home in Semper Street, Gasparillo.

He succumbed to his injuries hours later.

Christopher Joseph
Christopher Joseph

His father’s charred remains were found by fire officers among the rubble of the destroyed wooden house.

Jelani’s brother, Josiah, 16, also escaped from the house but sustained burns to his feet.

He was in a stable but serious condition yesterday at hospital.

Christopher Joseph’s mother, Maureen Thomas, described the incident as “horrible”.

“Why he (Christopher) had to do that?.. He shouldn’t have done that…. If I could have saved them, I would have saved them,” a distraught Thomas said yesterday.

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