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Jul 5, 2017

In Teakettle, Santos Family Home Destroyed by Fire

According to police, Erwin Santos was considered armed and dangerous while on the loose. Some six hours before his detention, his family home in Teakettle was burnt to the ground. His father, Mark Santos, believes that the fire was deliberately set because the wooden house had no electricity. No one was in the house because the Santos family relocated to Santa Elena in the aftermath of tires set ablaze on the highway two weeks ago. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Around five o’clock this morning, an unoccupied wooden house in Teakettle Village, Cayo District went up in flames. It is the property of fifty-four-year-old Mark Santos, a carpenter of the village, who recently relocated with his family to Santa Elena Town. This morning, as he headed to work, Santos observed his house engulfed in flames and firefighters on the scene trying to extinguish the blaze. A disheartened Santos says that his life’s work was destroyed by the fire.


Mark Santos

Mark Santos, Fire Victim

“I left from my house from house from Santa Elena five-thirty this morning. On my way to my work, I approached which part I lived in Teakettle, I saw smoke on my property. So I stopped the bus and I come out of the bus and when I reach off the bus, I see lone smoke and the police and the fire department there. Nobody was in the house at that moment, nobody at all.”


But was the fire deliberately set? Santos is the father of Erwin Santos, a twenty-four-year-old villager who was wanted by police for a string of firearm offenses as for questioning for two recent murders in the west. Mark believes that his house was the collateral damage as villagers seek justice. The house had no electricity and no one was living in it.


Duane Moody

“Since when did you move from that house sir?”


Mark Santos

“Last week Saturday and nobody returned to the house.”


Duane Moody

“So nobody there, nothing to combust but yet the house get burn down?”


Mark Santos

“Exactly right.”


Duane Moody

“Do you believe that someone set your house on fire?”


Mark Santos

“Of course, yes.”


Duane Moody

“Why would anyone want to target your property?”


Mark Santos

“Because of this incident that occurred. They think we involved, but we are not involved in that. So that’s what I know about. I believe it was an arson because no electricity was in the house or nothing at all.”


Police are currently awaiting reports from the National Fire Service to determine whether in fact the incident is a case of arson.


Howell Gillett

Sr. Supt. Howell Gillett, O.C., Belmopan Police Formation

“The house belonged to the family of Mister Erwin Santos. It was completely destroyed. It was a thirty-six by thirty-five wooden structure that was totally destroyed by fire. It’s a young investigation and we have to do a lot of work before we can make a determination as to what caused the fire. Yes there is speculation that it is retaliation from community members but we cannot say that until we have total proof of that and one of that proofs that we are looking for is the reports from the Fire Service to determine what might have caused the fire.”


The house and its contents were not insured and the family is uncertain of the value of what was lost. Duane Moody for News Five.


Anyone who would like to assist the family is asked to contact Santos at 601-9201 or 620-1586.

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1 Response for “In Teakettle, Santos Family Home Destroyed by Fire”

  1. Belizean pride says:

    I think this could be and should be a eye opening to all parents that have sons that are being scum in society to talk to them because the populace have become outraged as so many crimes committed and no justice.
    So I see it as a warning to families with scums to talk to them letting them know that the Belizeans are tired and due to there crimes now all the family will be accounted for.
    This is hte only hope of justice for the people, and by this parents will be more involved in trying to discourage their scum into a better life style.

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