A Cummings Lodge man who often told neighbours that he no longer wanted to live because of a chronic illness, died in a fire at his home on Monday.
The 68-year-old man, Lionel Kyte, had reportedly threatened to take his own life on several occasions because of the pain he suffered from a chronic illness,
On Monday afternoon, Kyte’s landlord and neighbours were alerted by a loud explosion then later saw the man’s small wooden house up in flames.
There was very little the Fire Service could do to save the house. The man’s body was pulled from the kitchen of the house with multiple burn wounds. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
A neighbour recounted the man’s complaints about his illness and not wanting to live.
“This man said that he feels like drinking, you know but he never tell me nothing I would have broken the house and get him out of the place and take him to the hospital”, the neighbour said.
It was also recalled that many days the man would lock himself in his house and could be heard groaning for pain, but he always refused help from the neighbours to get him to the hospital.
He has left to mourn a son.