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Feb 2, 2018

Fire Destroys Santa Elena Home

A fruit and vegetables vendor at the San Ignacio Market is tonight without a roof over her head after a fire gutted her elevated wooden home this morning in the Hill View neighborhood of Santa Elena.  Gloria Molina was at work earlier today when she got word that her home was up in smoke on the other side of the twin towns.  She quickly rushed to the scene of the fire, only to find that the structure was engulfed in flames.  Despite the tragedy, the well-known seller remains optimistic that in time she will get her life back in order.  News Five spoke with Molina by phone this evening.

 

On the phone: Gloria Molina, Fire Victim

“I mi deh da market da my business when dehn call me and I mi wahn reach yonder.  Di house mi done nearly burn.  Two fire engine mi di deh but di house done mi di burn, so ih mi done di burn down.  Di fire engine dehn just mi di out di fire weh mi di deh and I cyant seh how ih ketch fire, I cyant tell you more from that.  The only thing is that everything burn, all ah mi belongings een deh, everything, but I couldn’t tek out nothing.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Were you the only occupant of that property?”

 

On the phone: Gloria Molina

“Yes, da only me live een deh.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What would you estimate the total value of your losses to be?”

 

On the phone: Gloria Molina

“Di house, only di house mi value like forty thousand dollars and the belongings een deh bout ten [thousand dollars] di things weh I mi have een deh, about ten thousand dollars.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“You mentioned you were at work when you received word that your house was on fire.  At that point what did you do, what was your immediate reaction upon receiving this news?”

 

On the phone: Gloria Molina

“Well when dehn tell me I neva believe it and then when I hear di fire engine then I, some people mi di ya weh mi di sell weh I know and I ask one of the farmers if ih could please ker me go check and he tell me let’s go and I gaan eena fu he pickup and we gaan yonder and I just frighten when I see it, I couldn’t do nothing.  I neva think nothing eena da moment.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What’s next for you, are you without shelter tonight?  How are you going to spend the night knowing that your house has been burnt to the ground?”

 

On the phone: Gloria Molina

“I wahn haftu find somewhere to stay.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Are you receiving assistance from friends and family of yours?”

 

On the phone: Gloria Molina

“I haftu si weh I wahn do.”

 

Molina lost everything to the fire and by her preliminary estimate, the property, including the home and its contents, was valued at roughly fifty thousand dollars.

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