Hours after her daughter’s death during a suspected arson attack at their home, 38-year-old Rose Beecher succumbed to the injuries she received in the massive blaze.
According to reports from the Jamaica Gleaner, Beecher, her 4-year-old daughter, Sariah Kowen, and other family members were asleep at their home in the Dean Pen district of Highgate, St. Mary, on Tuesday when the house was allegedly bottle bombed at around 4 a.m. Beecher reportedly felt a liquid substance on her and then felt fire immediately after. When she rose, the house was in flames, and she was not able to alert or assist any of the other occupants.
Beecher escaped the burning structure but suffered severe burns to her body. She was transported to a hospital for treatment but died Tuesday night from her injuries. Three other occupants of the house, who were injured during the blaze, remain in hospital and are reported to be in serious condition. Authorities are investigating the incident as an arson attack, and a suspect was apprehended during a police operation yesterday.
Dr Morais Guy, Member of Parliament for St Mary Central, offered his condolences and said that efforts would be made to assist the family with the reconstruction of the home.