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Aug 7, 2017

Displaced residents tell tales of woe in aftermath

A toddler lost his life in the fire on Santa Barbara Street and more than ten persons are without a home. The four families lost everything they owned after the fire spread from house to house in the yard. We spoke with three of the affected families today who told us that they are staying in the shelter that CEMO provided but they are really in need of the public’s assistance:

 

Thelma McKoy, Fire Victim

“I lost everything; everything you could think; clothes and everything.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“You were not able to save anything?”

 

Thelma McKoy

Thelma McKoy

“Nothing because it was too fast because as soon as he wake me, I jump right up behind him and ran out.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Is this a house where only you and your husband lived; or other people lived there too?”

 

Thelma McKoy

“In our house only me and him live up there but other people live in the yard.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How many of you are without a home right now?”

Thelma McKoy

“Well, it is four houses. Five houses in the yard but the one in the front didn’t get damaged; that’s the cement one in the front. Right now, this is all I have on. I couldn’t save nothing. This is all I have. Right now I am lost. I am lost. I don’t know where to go; nothing I don’t know right now.”

 

Maria Francisca Nathavi

Maria Francisca Nathavi , Fire Victim

“I don’t live there permanently, but I go there to stay with my daughter who live there. One of my daughters wasn’t affected, but the other one yes. She lost all her little house thing. My daughter needs mostly clothes right now; bedding and that kinda stuff. She lost her mattress, her TV all those things, the fan and son – they lost most of their things.”

 

Israel Castillo, Fire Victim

Israel Castillo

“Dah only me and mi woman live deh. Me and she gone out with her family dah wah small party. Me lose everything deh. All mi papers and suh gone deh. Me dah Belizean long time. Me live yah from ten years. Now, any people want get help fi me wah be tough. Everything gone.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Yuh clothes; TV; all your house things?”

 

Israel Castillo

“Everything; bed and everything. Only this clothes I have right now. Everything gone. All mi documents get bun because me nuh mi deh dahmi home. If anybody send wah help fi me, I thank God fi the help.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What kinda things you need most urgently?”

 

Israel Castillo

“Right now I want some clothes because I nuh have no clothes right now. Dah only this clothes I got. I need a slippers because only this boots I have on and it’s much too heavy for me.”

 

The families affected would like the public’s help to get back on their feet following the fire. If you would like to assist the Natavi family, you can reach them at 623-2694; to help the Castillo family you can contact them at 633-6134 and to assist the McKoy family you can call them at 628-2383.

 

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