Two Union Island gas station explosion victims die, Third flown to Trinidad

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Two victims of the UniGas fuel station explosion on Union Island, which occurred at on Tuesday May 19, 2020, succumbed to their injuries at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) on Sunday (May 24).

Freddy Naert, 72, died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital earlier Sunday morning. Shortly after, 12 year old Lindani Neverson also passed away.

According to a police report, Neverson sustained second degree burns about his body. Naert, the owner of the gas station, sustained first degree burns about his body.

The third victim, Shaniqua “Azaria” Alexander, 16, was flown to Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday for medical assistance.

Shaniqua “Azaria” Alexander

Alexander, more affectionately called “Zara”, a student of Union Island, was burned about her body with both second and third degree burns.

All three victims had been transported to the MCMH from Union Island by the SVG Coast Guard Service on the night of the incident.

Since the explosion, police have been investigating the cause of the incident.

Member of Parliament for the Northern Grenadines and Leader of the Opposition (NDP), expressed his condolences to the bereaved.

“I am deeply saddened to hear that we have lost two lives from the gas station explosion on Union Island. My heart breaks and my prayers tonight will be dedicated to the memory of Lindoni and Freddy – two Vincentians who we shall not forget.”

“…In my prayers will also be the young girl who remains in hospital today, her fight continues and she will be in all our thoughts,” Friday said via Facebook.