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Deceased from Jacques Avenue fire identified

Published:Wednesday | October 19, 2016 | 10:30 AM
An explosion occurred at an illegal cooking gas operation behind a house on Jacques Avenue, leaving the home and a truck destroyed by fire.

The police have now identified the man who died as a result of injuries from Sunday’s fire on Jacques Avenue in Kingston 3.

He’s 48-year-old Everett Austin.

The police say the four other victims, including two teenage boys, are still in hospital in serious, but stable condition.

The victims suffered third degree burns.

It’s reported that persons were illegally filling compressed gas cylinders from a storage tank attached to the back of a motor truck when one of the cylinders caught fire and subsequently exploded.

The explosion resulted in five persons being seriously injured and major damage to several properties.

Three units from the fire department responded to the blaze and extinguished the fire.

The police say the damage to the properties is estimated at approximately $38 million.