As fire investigators returned today to the scene of yesterday’s devastating fire, which gutted three buildings in Plaisance, a gruesome discovery was made buried in the still smoking debris.
Investigators found the remains of a body, suspected to be that of 82-year-old, James Johnson.
Fire Prevention Officer, Andrew Holder, told HGP Nightly News anchor Travis Chase, that firemen worked throughout the night and never left the scene until after 2 o’ clock this morning.
He said when investigators returned early this morning, they were told that the elderly man could not be located.
A search among the debris unearthed the remains of the man.
The building where the fire started was an old hotel that was turned into an apartment complex. There were several persons living in the building at the time. Most of them were not at home on Friday afternoon when the fire ravaged the building.
The Fire Prevention Officer said there were several other incidents in the past that forced neighbours to rush over to the same building to douse flames. He said the building also had faulty electrical installations.
The investigation is now getting started.
Over 30 persons have been left homeless following the fire. The Regional Democratic Council has indicated that it will be putting systems in place to assist in their temporary accommodation.