Arson suspected in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Police in Cayo continue to look for Mark Estell, the ex-husband of Evelyn Estell, whose place of shelter at number 31 Carillo Puerto Avenue in Santa Elena Town was completely burnt with all the uninsured contents inside, on Sunday of this past weekend. Neighbors near the burnt building, measuring 20 by 18 feet, report seeing flames coming out of the two storey building from all directions.

Living downstairs in the cement portion of the building at the time of the fire was 30 year old Evelyn Estell, a Naturalized Belizean, along with her two young girls. Living alone in the upper wooden flat at the time was the owner of the building 82 years old Agustin Avelino Martinez (Don Ting), a Naturalized Belizean.

Evelyn Estell was awoken by smoke and on realizing that the house was on fire, exited the burning building along with her two kids in the nick of time. While Agustin Martinez in the upstairs section, tried to douse the flames but was slightly injured in the left leg.

But what would drive a man to allegedly alight a house with two sleeping adults and two defenseless children inside? Evelyn Estell had received a call at about 10:30 pm on that very Sunday from her estranged husband, Mark Estell, who stated that he was going to burn down the house. Mark Estell had made the threat, because Evelyn Estell was refusing to accept him back and was also refusing to allow him to see his kids.