Police and the Barbados Fire Service were called to the scene of a house fire at Vaughan Road No.2 St Joseph yesterday morning. (Picture by Alex Downes.)
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What ended as a house fire in Vaughan Road No. 2, St Joseph, started as much more.
That’s because yesterday’s incident all came about as a result of an armed robbery turned sour.
Around 11 a.m., the Barbados Fire Service responded to a fire which a caller said was caused by a transformer exploding in the small community near to Horse Hill.
Shortly after their arrival, however, things quickly escalated with the arrival of police squads who cordoned off the area to investigate.
One neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Sunday Sun he was made aware of the shocking situation when he saw his neighbour, one of the two occupants of the house, stumbling in the middle of the road, beaten and bloodied.
That resident said he had just come back home from taking his animals out to graze.
It was not until he saw his neighbour’s state that he began to understand the full issue.
“As I went to nail, I see my man coming up here bloody laying down there saying the robbers now rob he; four of them,” the resident said, adding the individuals also had guns.
Following this, the resident said he untied his other dogs and went to his neighbour’s house to see what had happened.
“When I got in there, the whole house was burning and the men beat up bad, bad, bad,” he said.
“This isn’t the first time. This is the fourth time he got robbed. The other three times, the men like they got something but this time the men like they didn’t’ get anything and decide to burn the house,” he added.
The beaten occupant was on the scene as well, but declined to comment before being taken for medical assistance.
Police are investigating the matter. (AD)