An eight-year-old girl and her 40-year-old aunt died in a fire on Thursday. Alliyah Primus and her aunt, Nolene Niesha Gopaul, were trapped inside the burning house in Indian Walk in Trinidad.
Police said the front and back doors were on fire. Investigators are yet to determine whether the blaze was deliberately set.
Fifteen people, including six young children, lived in the two-storey concrete house. They all escaped, except for little Alliyah and her aunt.
Fire officers attempted to enter the house to search for them, but were prevented by the thick, black smoke. After the blaze was extinguished, the child and her aunt were found in the kitchen.
The girl was still wrapped in her aunt’s arms. An autopsy performed by forensic pathologist Dr Valery Alexandrov found they both died from smoke and soot inhalation.