3 separate house fires destroy three homes Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

After receiving information of a house fire on Flamboyant Street on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, police visited the location. Upon arrival, they observed an unpainted 30’ x 40’ bungalow house, made from plycem and cement, completely destroyed by fire. The fire was already extinguished by fire personnel.

Police spoke to Joseph Gabourel, a 43-year-old Belizean maintenance worker of a Flamboyant Street address who stated that while he was sleeping in his room, he was awakened by the smell of smoke. Upon making checks, he saw smoke coming from the room on the western part of the house. The house and its contents were destroyed and were valued at $30,000.00. Police investigations continue.

Later that morning, police responded to another house fire, this time on Antelope Street Extension. There, they saw a mustard-color, wooden structure measuring about 20 feet by 25 feet about 4 feet off the ground, with smoke and fire damages to the floor and beam of the house.

Initial investigation revealed that about 3:00 a.m. that morning, Leticia Pop, a 43-year-old Belizean domestic of Antelope Street extension, was at home sleeping when she was awakened by the strong smell of smoke inside her house. Upon making checks, she saw her floor burning in the middle section of the living room. Pop extinguished the fire. The house was not insured and the value of the damages is yet to be ascertained. Police have since detained a male person pending an investigation.

Edward Mendez, a Belizean security of Santa Cruz, Stann Creek reported that at 4:45 p.m. on April 7, 2018, he left home to work in Placencia and about 1:00 a.m., he was informed that a house for which he is the caretaker was engulfed in flames. The house was a wooden structure with zinc roofing and measured 20’ by 16’. The house and its contents were completely destroyed. The house was not insured and the cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained.  Police are investigating.