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Apr 18, 2017

Small fire hits home at Elston Kerr Street

There was also fire reported on the Southside of Belize City, at a residence on Elston Kerr Street. On Easter Sunday afternoon, fire personnel were called to put out a fire inside a room at residence number seven-three-seven-nine, an unpainted wooden bungalow house belonging to domestic Dawn Faber of Racoon Street Extension. Station officer for the National Fire Service Orin Smith detailed what transpired.


Orin Smith, Station Officer, National Fire Service

Orin Smith

“Two units were dispatched to that location. Upon arrival at the scene, smoke was seen coming from a ten by twenty wooden structure with zinc roofing, elevated approximately one foot off the ground. Following a brief size-up, the Fire Department got into operation to extinguish the fire; the fire was later brought under control and extinguished, as a result of the fire, the west section of the structure received fire damage. The structure was owned by one Ms. Faber; the structure was not insured. Preliminary investigation revealed that the fire originated from a ‘fire-heart’ located in close proximity on the west exterior of the structure.”



“Is there a business there; did they sell food at the location or was it just a ‘domestic’ fire-heart?”


Orin Smith

“I would think just a domestic ‘fire-heart’; I don’t think they sell food there.”



“I gather that somebody tried to operate the machinery and it ended up ‘blowing up,’ if you will – maybe that’s not the proper term; in terms of causes did somebody leave something incendiary there or what the situation?”


Orin Smith

“I would think just an unattended fire that was at the time.”


A mattress and an undetermined amount of clothing, to a total value of twelve thousand, five hundred dollars were completely destroyed. The house was uninhabited and no one was injured. Police investigations continue.


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