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Deadly Barnwell fire: Mother details harassment, threats by abusive ex-boyfriend

Undertakers taking away the remains of the children [Photo: Guyana Chronicle/ Clestine Juan]

The community of Barnwell, aback Mocha on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD), was plunged into a state of mourning after a fire suspected to be an act of arson claimed the lives of three children.

Dead are Timothy Kippins,8, Trayshaw Kippins,6, and Zhlia Flue,1. Reports are that the fire started at about 01:25h, and the children were trapped in the house. Their mother, Tracy Flur, a Security Officer, was at work at the time of the blaze.

An inconsolable Flue stated that while she doesn't know what "really transpired at her house," her abusive ex-boyfriend might be the cause of the fire.

The distraught mother revealed that she went to the Police Station on countless occasions to make a report and was expected to appear in court later this month.

"He tell me that how anytime I go to court it going to be the last day I ever see a police and how he going killed me," a tearful Flur recalled as she noted that she has been living in constant fear.

Moreover, she revealed that he contacted her last night, but she did not answer the phone as arguments are usually the order of the day.

"He threaten me nuff time that he gon bun down the house, but I din know he would bun down me house with the chirren dem inside," she told Royston Drakes production.

The grieving woman continued, "Nuff night I does gah be running because he used to want be putting knife to me, running me with cutlass, tell me that he going kill me and I not going to see my children."

Firefighters were dispatched to the scene, but due to the deplorable state of the road, the men were forced to go to the location on foot.

Within minutes, the wooden structure was consumed by the fire. At about 13:00h, the charred remains of the children were removed from the scene.

Merely hours after police issued a wanted bulletin for Junior Dey, also known as "Trini," he was arrested for the children's death.

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