By Demion McTair. Updated 8:19 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – The only surviving victim of the May 19 Union Island gas station explosion, Graniqua (Zara) Alexander, 17, is “stable and continues to fight”, Community Leader says.
Community leader and teacher at the Union Island Secondary School, Abdon Whyte, who has been updating the nation on Zara’s condition posted on Facebook Tuesday (May 26), the Zara “is doing well so far”.
“The doctors have dealt with a lung infection that she had. From all reports, she is stable and continues to fight” – Mr. Whyte posted.
“The doctors have done the necessary body scans and have started treating the burns. Continue to pray for her as her road to recovery would be long and hard” – Mr. Whyte’s post added.
THE INCIDENT ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL POLICE REPORT
Police say that on May 19, at around 6:40 p.m., local time, the Union Island Fire Station was alerted about an explosion at Freddy’s Gas Station located at Clifton, Union Island.
The gas station was reportedly engulfed in flames which rapidly spread to a number of nearby buildings which caused the St. Vincent Electricity Company Limited (Vinlec) to cut power to the area.
A police report says that Three (3) persons reportedly sustained injuries from the incident and were subsequently rushed to mainland, St. Vincent, to seek medical attention at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard Service (SVGCG).
Lindini Neverson, 12 years old Student of Union Island sustained second degree burns about his body; Freddy North, 72 years old the owner of Freddy’s Gas Station sustained first degree burns about his body; and Shaniqua “Azaria” Alexander, 17 years old Student of Union Island sustained both second and third degree burns about her body.
A TRAGIC TURN OF EVENTS
In a tragic turn of events, two victims of the May 19, Union Island gas station explosion succumbed to their burn injuries.
Freddy North, the owner of Freddy’s Gas Station, the property that exploded on May 19 died on May 24.
North, who suffered first degree burns about his body had been hospitalized.
Hours after North died, Lindani Neverson, 14, died. Neverson had sustained third degree burns to most of his body as a result of the May 19 incident.
Neverson, a student of the Union Island Secondary School was also hospitalized, along with Graniqua (Zara) Alexander, 17, who was also hospitalized as a result of the incident.
Alexander is now the only surviving victim of the May 19 explosion.