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Jul 9, 2014

Corozal fire leaves 9 persons homeless

On Monday’s newscast, we reported a fire in San Pedro that left sixty-six persons displaced from their homes and on Tuesday, a mid-morning blaze in Hattieville gutted the two storey house of Justice of the Peace, Eloise Hyde. Well tonight, we report yet another fire; this time in Corozal. Two buildings were destroyed by fire around nine on Tuesday night in the Finca Solana area of Corozal, leaving at least nine people homeless. One of the wooden structures was occupied by fifty-one year old Jaime Tut and the other one by forty-four year old Sandra Menenses and her seven children. The fire reportedly started from within the Tut’s house and by the time firefighters arrived, both structures were destroyed by the inferno. Station Manager at the National Fire Service, Orin Smith told the media today that the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Orin Smith, Station Manager, National Fire Service

“At approximately nine p.m., the National Fire Service had received and responded to a call of a structural fire in the Finca Solana area of Corozal Town. On arrival on scene, one structure was seen, a ply-board structure, was seen destroyed by fire and another structure on the same property was seen fully engulfed by flames. The NFS got into operation and put out those fires.”

 

Reporter

Orin Smith

“Was anyone injured in that fire?”

 

Orin Smith

“No one was injured in the fires.”

 

Reporter

“Could you tell us how it started?”

 

Orin Smith

“Investigation is still presently ongoing on the cause of the fire. The fire originated in a twelve by sixteen structure—one of two on the property—the second structure was an eighteen by twenty structure.”

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1 Response for “Corozal fire leaves 9 persons homeless”

  1. oscar965 says:

    The fire department in the country of Belize needs a heavy face lift. They are so under staffed. I am not sure of the situation in other towns but let me talk to you about San Pedro. There are two (2) just TWO FIREMEN employed for the entire island. Totally crazy!!! The rest are volunteers. As the leading tourist town, we should have much more than that. There should always be a crew of at least 4 or 6 on staff and the same amount should be on rest so that we always have a complete team on stand by. As it is right now, one person stays at the firestation to answer calls and the others are home especially at night. On this past fire, the fire chief who lives 5 miles away from the station did rush from his home to the station (15 mins to get there for a fire is way too long). I also never see the fire department go from street to street to test fire hydrants and then there is old used and abused hoses and equipment. Its a sad state, so I am amazed at what the staff can do with the little equipment that they have. I hope someone wakes up and gets ALL fire departments in Belize the urgent needed changes they all need!!!!

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