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Third victim in Jacques Avenue fire dies

Published:Monday | October 24, 2016 | 10:58 PM
Firefighters carry out cooling down operation after the explosion on Jacques Avenue in the Mountain View area of St Andrew last week Sunday.

The police are reporting that a third victim who was injured in a fire following an explosion on Jacques Avenue in Kingston 3 has died.

He has been identified as 15-year-old Andrew Dennis of Jacques Road, Kingston.

The Mountain View Police say about 2:35 p.m. last week Sunday, persons were illegally filling compressed gas cylinders from a storage tank attached to the back of a motor truck.

It is reported that during the extraction process, 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 Fire Department responded and contained the blaze preventing further injury or damage to property.

Dennis, 48-year-old Everett Austin, 14-year-old Sanjay Williams, and two others were quickly taken to the hospital by police officers who were quick on the scene.

Dennis, Austin and Williams are the fatalities.