A 77-year-old woman died in a fire at her home in Arima on Tuesday night. The body of Eleanor Gittens of Tumpuna Gardens, was found by firefighters.

At about 7.15p.m., neighbours heard a commotion at Gittens' home and saw furniture in a room to the front of the house on fire.

An alarm was raised and the police and fire officers arrived.

A team of officers, led by FSO Stanisclause from the Arima fire station, responded and contained the blaze.

However, Gittens' body was discovered in a corridor at the front of the home.

A post mortem was ordered to confirm the cause of death, and this will take place at the Forensic Science Centre in St James pending a negative Covid-19 test.


Twenty-six additional Covid-19 deaths reported yesterday took the death toll for the first five days of December past 100.

The 26 deaths increased fatalities this month to 104. The death toll since the start of the pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago is now 2,262.

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