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Feb 7, 2011

Fire destroys home of family of eight

While two were killed, there was more tragedy when a family of eight lost most of their belongings in a mid-morning inferno on Sunday. The family was not home when the fire broke in one of two houses in the yard and it is believed it could be a case of arson. Julie Thurton rushed back to see the flames consume the building and its contents. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Thirty-two year old Julie Thurton, a resident of Unity Street in the Port Loyola area along with her common-law husband had just gone to the store to purchase some food items when word that their house went up in smoke got to them.

Julie Thurton, Fire Victim

“I wasn’t even here.  I gaan gone buy [and] I left my brother-in-law with my kids dehn, my niece and my nephew home and dah when I come pan dih way eena dih taxi my oldest daughter tell me that ma dih house deh pan fire and I ask ah which one and she tell me di back house.  And dah when I di come eena di taxi nearly reach pan di, by which part we live dah then I sih di whole blaze ah fire.”

Despite several attempts to rescue several household items from the inferno Thurton lost most of her belongings.

Julie Thurton

“When I do reach deh da because nothing couldn’t save outta di house, nothing, nothing.  Everything done, di house nearly deh flat pan di ground when I do reach ya and all I coulda mih do da just bawl out and holla mi house and when I come dah then I see di whole thing dih look fi bun off and part a my lee sista house.”

Isani Cayetano

“You were mentioning earlier that you were using the back house to store your belongings because you were intending to move out at some point.  Can you speak to us a bit more on that?”

Julie Thurton

Julie Thurton

“Weh happen [is that] dih house da fi my ma [but] she tell me mek ah mi use it until we get wah house fi stay [because] I tell ahn I prefer rent wah house.  So she tell me okay unu could use di house so I put and store everything up deh.  We partly stay een deh cause when we noh deh downstairs da back deh we deh.  Cause me only sleep da back deh we woulda use and thing.  No light noh deh da back deh.  No light. So yoh can’t say dah mussi di electricity.  None ah dehn things deh da back deh.  Nothing cause dehn mih come [and] tek out the light and thing.  I get light from my lee sista.”

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the National Fire Service but Thurton believes that the property was deliberately torched.

Julie Thurton

“My oldest daughta tell me dat when she run dah back deh when the neighbor holla when she run dah back deh da because she see the young man and the lee bwai di come from the backa di yard.”

Isani Cayetano

“That leads you to believe that the property may have been deliberately set on fire?”

Julie Thurton

“I do believe da he because yesterday when my lee sista mih di yah and my daughta mi di plait her hair di kids dehn mih dih run pan fu he truck dehn because he do mechanic and he tell dehn if unu noh come down offa my truck I wahn f-up unnu.”

Thurton, her common-law-husband and their children are tonight homeless.  While the value of the damages is unknown the property was uninsured. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

This is the third fire in three weeks that is believed to be arson.

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1 Response for “Fire destroys home of family of eight”

  1. Proud Belizean says:

    Really sad…weh all this fuss and fighting all about. Where is the love?

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