A young mother of four came close to being burned to death along with two of her children on Friday night in the village of Resource St. Mark.
Maria Joseph, a nursing assistant recounted her near-death experience to the Grenada Informer when she had to rescue her one-year-and-four- month-old daughter and three-year-old son from the burning house.
The very traumatized mother told the paper that she had secured the two young children who were asleep in the upper floor of the two-story wooden building before she and her two older children along with her sister-in-law went to the nearby shop to do some shopping. Just five minutes after her arrival at the shop a young man from the neighborhood who had just left the shop alerted her that her house was on fire.
She said that upon receiving the news she quickly rushed to her house accompanied by her sister-in-law and two gentlemen who were also by the shop. All recognized that the first order of business was to rescue the children from the flames.
Upon arrival at the house, her three-year-old son was in front of the door crying for help while her daughter was on the bed screaming. One of the gentlemen took her son and ran to safety while she rushed inside and grabbed her daughter by her arm and ran back out. Mere moments later the entire house went up in flames leaving everything to perish in the raging fire, she explained
Up to press time, the daughter was warded at the pediatric ward of the General Hospital being treated for third-degree burns to her legs and superficial injuries to the face and hands. Ms Joseph also received superficial injuries to her left arm while saving her children from the fire.
The young mother, with teary-eyed, thanked God for allowing her children to be rescued as well as the two gentlemen and her sister-in-law who lent their support. She noted that although the family was left with nothing but the clothes on their backs they have the support of the Resource community as well as her family and friends as they attempt to recover.
Police investigation continues into the cause of the fire.