A happily married, Goan origin couple and their one-and-half-year-old daughter, who were leading a happy life in Swindon, are struggling for their lives in three separate hospitals in Swindon, the UK after a fire engulfed their flat on late Sunday midnight. Expressing grief over the fire incident, Chicolna-Bogmalo sarpanch Laxman Kavlekar disclosed that he is in touch with the family members of Alvares and D’Cruz, who are residing in Bogmalo for many years now.
According to a source, Blaze (Sanito) Alvares, aged 32 years originally from Bogmalo, his wife Sharon Alvares, aged 27 and their one-and-half-year-old daughter Brook who lived in the first floor house along the Manchester road in Swindon, the UK had sustained burn injuries when fire engulfed the flat even as they were fast asleep.
Blaze’s cousin sister Rekha Alvares, who stays at Bogmalo, said that he has sustained burn injuries to his limbs, while his wife Sharon has fallen into a coma after inhalation of smoke. She has luckily not sustained any burn injuries with the toddler Brook having sustained 40 per cent burn injuries, Rekha said adding, “The trio are presently undergoing treatment in three separate hospitals which are over the one-and-half hour drive away from each other.”
Rekha disclosed that Blaze’s mother and sister had immediately rushed to the UK and have visited all the three hospitals. She further said that Blaze and the toddler are both responding to the treatment. She also claimed that her brother staying in Scotland is helping the affected family. Family members of Alvares family in Bogmalo are praying for the speedy recovery and lives of the trio.
Besides the trio, the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services had rescued four family members staying on the ground floor of the ill-fated building and all were shifted to nearest hospitals. However, it is learned that two out of the four family members have succumbed to the injuries. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.