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Jul 5, 2016

A Sense of Normalcy One Week After Devastating Fire on La Isla Bonita

It has been a little over a week since a devastating fire in San Pedro virtually leveled an entire block near the heart of the downtown area.  The inferno gutted several buildings leaving as many as eighty-eight persons displaced.  Since then there has been a concerted effort by various government and non-governmental organizations to assist fire victims with clothing, food and shelter.  In the wake of the incident, there has also been an outpour of support from the public, particularly through the pledging of funds during a recent telethon.  While the island town has resumed a sense of normalcy and the local branch of the emergency management apparatus has since been deactivated, the affected families are still in the process of rebuilding.  It’s a process that will prove quite lengthy for some, particularly those whose properties were not insured.  An assessment for the total damages caused by the fire is yet to be released.  What is known is that as many as eleven homes were destroyed in the overnight blaze.

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