ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The long Carnival weekend did not end without a blaze. On Sunday, fire gutted a 18X26 two-bedroom house in Cashew Hill, belonging to 42-year-old Orin Paul.
According to police reports, Paul reported that he had awakened to the smell of smoke, but paid little attention to it, as he was hustling to get to work.
Sixty-five-year-old Kingsley Henry, who shared the home with Paul, reported that he was awakened by the heat coming from inside the house and thought the electrical fan had been unplugged.
While investigating, he discovered the house was engulfed with flames.
“In exiting the house, he suffered minor burns to his face and right hand,” a release from STRATCOM read.
“He was rushed to the hospital by the EMS, where doctors reported that the injuries are not serious.”
The incident, which occurred around 5:45 am, remains under police investigation. It was one of two fires reported Sunday.
The second fire occurred in Jolly Harbour at a two-bedroom villa, owned by Michael Josiah of Pigotts.
The villa was unoccupied during the time of the incident.