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May 3, 2016

Weekend Fire Leaves 2 Families Homeless

A concrete and wooden two storey house went up in flames on Saturday night just after nine o’clock in south side Belize City. Two families and their six children were already in bed when the fire broke. The mothers were awoken by the smoke and managed to rescue their children, but all their belongings were lost in the blaze. The Fire Department is investigating what prompted the fire. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A weekend fire completely gutted a two-storey structure on Neal’s Penn Road leaving two families, including six school-aged children, homeless.  Jeannie Sedassey was at home on Saturday night when she was alerted to the thick, acrid smoke emanating from the building.


Jeannie Sedassey, Fire Victim

“The fire started on Saturday night about nine-forty-five p.m.  We were at home sleeping when we smelled the thick smoke and get up, try to get the kids out of the house first of all. Going back, we could not save anything; everything was already destroyed. The house was already burnt totally; everything.”


Jeannie Sedassey

Isani Cayetano

“How many families or how many people occupied this property?”


Jeannie Sedassey

“A total of seven lives downstairs and six of them are kids—little kids age one to eight years old. And the mother, my sister, Stephanie Sedassey; that’s all.”


Isani Cayetano

“Did you guys call for assistance from the fire department? What was the response time like?”


Jeannie Sedassey

“We were very scared and frightened so we couldn’t call; someone called for us. They took a little time to come, but they came and tried to out ti as quickly as they could, but everything still burnt.”


Sedassey’s sister, Stephanie, told News Five how the fire affected her family.  They are also making a desperate appeal for public assistance in rebuilding their homes.


Stephanie Sedassey, Fire Victim

“At the time when I came out the house, I came through the bathroom door. I hailed for the neighbor; she quickly responded and called the fire department. They took a little while to come but they still came and from then on, we stood and watched them try to out the fire.”


Isani Cayetano

“Would you take this opportunity now then to make an appeal to anyone who may want to provide either financial assistance or any other kind of help for you guys?”


Stephanie Sedassey

Stephanie Sedassey

“Sure, any assistance given to us would be greatly appreciate. I have an account number if you would like to leave any donation, monetary or anything. the account number is 621-4995 and it’s Heritage Bank and my name is Stephanie Sedassey.”


Isani Cayetano

“Any other appeal on your part?”


Jeannie Sedassey

“We would also like some household items; basically board because she already has a land that she can build on. We are appealing to any lumber yard, Habet; any place that would like to assist with board, nail, hammer…it could be anything. Also clothes, food, water for the kids. They go to school, they don’t have any books…schoolbag everything is destroyed. Shoes, everything. Anything would be greatly appreciated.”


If you are interested in assisting the Sedasseys you can contact Jeannie at telephone number 634-8344. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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