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Nov 23, 2017

Who Set Fire in Abandoned Van?

Around twelve-thirty this afternoon, a large plume of smoke rose above the Haulover Creek in the vicinity of Belize Water Services Limited. An abandoned van in close proximity to a building, which once housed the Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association, was engulfed in flames. Residents in the area were alerted by the sound of an explosion and would later call the National Fire Service. A team of firefighters was quickly dispatched to the scene and within minutes the fire was extinguished; police later arrived to investigate. As one resident told News Five, it is not known what may have caused the fire, but arson is being ruled out.

 

Voice of: Resident

“I was inside and I heard a loud explosion. When I came out, I saw that a van was on fire.”

 

Duane Moody

“Talk to us about this van. You live in the area; has this van always been here?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Yes, this van is here a long time; it’s abandoned.”

 

Reporter

“Was it a huge fire you saw?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Yes, a huge fire.”

 

Duane Moody

“Was there any fear that it could have spread to reach your house or the houses in the area?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“No.”

 

Reporter

“What you think cause the fire? Cause you know talkings; this is an abandoned van ina your neighbor that caught fire. What caused the fire?”

 

Voice of: Resident

“Well I noh really know cause I mi deh inside. Like how I tell unu, we just hear the explosion and everybody just come out.”

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