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Three year old killed in fire

NEWS GRAPHIC 7A three year old was killed in a fire that destroyed the family’s home on Wednesday night.

Javier de Freitas perished in a fire that has since left his family homeless.

According to police reports, Bernadine Hepburn, a mother of 13, was awakened by loud crackling noises at her home.

Upon investigation, she noticed that there was fire on the roof of the home.

Hepburn raised an alarm and made efforts to have all her children evacuated from the burning building.

However, it was only when the family was outside doing a head count, that they realized young Javier was missing.

Hepburn attempted to run back into the house to find the toddler, however, the fire had spread quickly which prevented her from re-entering the home.

The police and fire services were notified, and a party of officers from the Besson Street Police Station, the Inter Agency Task Force, visited the scene.

Investigations are continuing.