When adults in the community of Ban Lane, Paradise, froze as a blaze consumed the one-bedroom dwelling in which her three siblings were trapped, six-year-old Cory Ann Palmer, affectionately called ‘Princess’, sprang into action. She dashed into the burning house – to the horror of the watching adults, and after a breath-catching moment, she re-emerged, clutching her one-year-old sister in her arms. Though she was unable to save her two brothers – who tragically perished in the fire, her community, her school, Albion Primary and Junior High and the Ministry of Education, recognized her as a hero, and recently, she was honoured.
The fire, for which the cause is yet to be determined, destroyed John John’s Auto, a section of Duggie’s Meat Mart, and completely gutted a house that was to the rear of the meat shop. Though reports are that no one was injured in the massive inferno, four persons were left homeless as a result of it.