Fires gut homes in Burrell Boom and Belize City Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:00

On Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 12:55 a.m., police responded to a report of a house fire in Burrell Boom. Upon arrival, police saw a two-storey house with the wooden section engulfed in flames. Nathalie Hyde, the 54-year-old owner of structure, reported that earlier that morning, she and her son, Jairo Perdirio Jr., were sleeping upstairs when she was awoken by the strong smell of smoke. She also observed that her washing machine was on fire. Hyde’s neighbors assisted her in extinguishing the fire. The cost of the damages has not yet been ascertained. Police investigation continues

Later that same morning at around 3:00 a.m., police responded to another house fire. This time, the victim was 33-year-old Gareth Gill, an unemployed resident of Pickstock Hutment, Belize City. Upon arrival, police saw a small wooden structure engulfed in flames. Gill reported that sometime around 2:50 a.m., he was inside his house when he heard a bang on his roof and noticed that his house was on fire. The fire was extinguished by personnel from the Fire Department. The estimated cost of damages is $10, 725. Gill says that the fire was intentionally set and indicated that he had received threats from someone living in the U.S. via text messages that his house would be burnt down.