A five month old child is dead after a house was brunt to the ground in Lionel Town, Clarendon on Tuesday.

The toddler has been identified as Yashemia Gordon. According to reports, around 11 am, Yashemia and her 2-year-old brother were left at home alone while their mother went to a shop in the community.

Fire was seen coming from the dwelling, shortly after. The mother managed to rescue her son from the blaze, but was unsuccessful in her attempts to save the newborn.

Her son reportedly suffered severe burns all over his body and was taken to hospital for treatment.

Cops have launched a full investigation.