Two Families displaced after Frederick Alley Fire Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 February 2018 00:00

A late evening fire on the North Side Belize City has left two families displaced. While no one has died or received any bodily injuries as a result, the people affected have lost just about everything. The fire seemingly started at a near-abandoned bungalow structure just after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and spread to two neighboring wooden structures, home to at least two families, scorching everything in its path.

One affected person was an elderly woman, who made her bread and butter in the structure she called home. That woman took on to babysitting and now, her means of survival has been destroyed. The second family is reportedly away in Mexico.

On the scene shortly after the fire was the National Fire Service. Its team of firemen worked quickly to expeditiously out the fire and to bring some level of calm to the chaos. While it is far too soon to tell what exactly started the fire, Ted Smith, Fire Chief, said that because the fire started in an empty structure, there are limited possibilities.

Councilor Phillip Willoughby was also on the scene as soon as news of the fire spread. He spoke with those that were displaced as well as others affected by the disaster. Important to note was the recurring theme of derelict buildings. For quite some time now, Councilor Willoughby, under the auspices of the current Belize City Council, has reiterated the threats that abandoned and derelict buildings pose. The Frederick Alley fire is a clear cut example and the councilor made note of the fact that these buildings, often used for the consumption of illegal drugs and other illicit substances, can see the hard and honest work of families go up in smoke.