An autistic child, saying a prayer for his imprisoned father, dropped a lighted candle on a mattress igniting a blaze which destroyed three homes in Marabella on Monday.
According to media reports, the flames ravaged four apartments and spread to two houses next door at Bayshore, Marabella.
In all 28 persons, including a dozen children, have been left homeless.
The fire broke out around 10.15a.m. as the matriarch of the family, 83-year-old Agnes Tannis, was planning a Boxing Day lime with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Tannis, who would celebrate her birthday on Thursday, is visually impaired and was sitting on the front porch when the fire started.