Four People Killed After House is Firebombed in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The bodies of four people, including two children were discovered in a  house that had been firebombed during the early hours of Tuesday, police said.

housefirHouse firebombed during the early hours of TuesdayThey said that the incident occurred in Central Village, St. Catherine, a parish on the south east of the island.

Police said that the bodies of a woman, her two daughters and grandson were found in the building after firefighters were called to the area about 1:45 am (local time) and found a three bedroom house engulfed in flames.  They have so far not been identified.

“During the firefighting operations, observation was made of the bodies of thee individuals on the veranda of the dwelling. After the cooling down operation and the team entered the building, the fourth body was found in the bathroom,” said Superintendent Dennis Lyon, Divisional Commander for the St. Catherine Fire Brigade.

The latest killings come after the police reported on Monday that there were 19 murders in Jamaica between the period March 2-9, bringing the murder toll to 192 up from the 173 recorded last week.

Figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) said that this represents a 17 per cent decline or 39 fewer murders year on year. It said 231 murders were recorded for the same period last year.