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Jul 7, 2016

Arson on Castle Street; Residence Where Chicha was Killed is Torched

Nine hours after the murder of Tevin Palmer inside a house on Castle Street, that same house was on fire in a case of arson, allegedly to do away with evidence. Police say that around eleven-thirty p.m., a neighbor heard dogs barking and around midnight, a loud bang would draw his attention to the Castle Street residence. The fire started from inside the living room where there was evidence of burnt clothing on the ground. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Just after midnight on Wednesday, and some nine hours after Tevin Palmer was murdered inside the home of Heather Foreman on Castle Street in Belize City, the house was set on fire. Firefighters and police officers were called out to the area by a neighbor who was alerted by dogs barking. They arrived to find that a fire was lit inside the concrete bungalow, destroying the murder scene.

 

Fitzroy Yearwood

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Press Officer, Eastern Division North

“Sometime around 12:20 a.m., CIB personnel from precinct three visited a fire scene at number 50B Castle Street where they saw a green cement bungalow house where fire personnel were trying to extinguish a fire that was on the inside. They managed to extinguish it after a while. We spoke to a neighbor who said that he heard the dogs barking and a little while after, he heard a loud bang and saw smoke coming from that house. He quickly alerted authorities; fire personnel responded, police responded.”

 

Press Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood says that the fire started inside the kitchen.

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Initial investigation so far has shown that it is indeed considered arson beucase the fire started from an area around the refrigerator where fire personnel have confirmed that they found some clothing that seemed to have been doused in some kind of accelerant and they believe that is where it all started noh.”

 

Duane Moody

“Is it believed that this arson is in direct relation to the murder that had happened hours before?”

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Well it would want to seem that way with all indications because this is only nine hours after that murder took place at that very location.”

 

Reporter

“Whose house is it?”

 

Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“The owner of that house is one Heather Foreman.”

 

Interestingly though, the house was locked when firefighters arrived on the scene.

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“I can say that there were no signs of forced entry so it is believed that it was set by someone who either knew to get into the house or had access to that house. So we, at this time, don’t have a clear suspect, but we believe it had to be somebody who had access and frequented that home.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

No one was in the house at the time of the fire and police investigations continue.

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