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Dec 31, 2012

House falls on Pelican Street

We’ve reported on a family of a dozen that recently lost their home in a blaze days before Christmas in Orange Walk Town. It’s quite daunting to start the year, without a roof over your head, but a similar fate has reached the steps of a Belize City family. A Pelican Street resident has lost her house and some of her belongings after the wooden structure suddenly collapsed on Thursday night. Fortunately, no one was at home or injured but it has forced the single mother of two daughters to seek shelter at her mom’s house where she spoke to News Five today. She chose not to reveal her identity because she feels very sensitive about the loss of her home.

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Our neighbor came at my mom and she told me that the house bruk down. I think ih just drop back way but I’m not sure.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So it was elevated?”

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Yes ma’am, ih mi deh a few feet off ah di ground. But I noh know cause ih neva windy dah night, ih just drop straight back way and collapse.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So how many people were living there and was anybody there at the time?”

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Nobody mi deh deh at di time. Dah me, my two daughter dehn; only we three mi live deh. My granny mi just recently move out and she gone live dah Hattieville. If she neva move out, I guess she mi wah deh right deh wid we and dat mi wah happen but we neva deh deh di night, we mi deh dah my ma.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So this happened on Thursday night right?”

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Yes ma’am, like afta ten cause I mi just gone deh fi mek a phone call. Di house mi deh alright and everything. We come back dah my ma and after a few hours later dehn call me and tell me di house just drop straight back way, di lamp post lean and everything.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So what all did you—did you lose a lot of stuff?”

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Well, I noh think really. only di glass things weh we had eena di safe, all ah den deh just drop and bruk up. Well, I noh check fi see if di refridge and everything alright because dehn mi come fi di meter box so we noh know nothing, we noh check nothing yet, we noh tek out nothing yet.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“So for now you’re staying with your mom?”

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Yes ma’am.”

 

Delahnie Bain

“Do you plan to rebuild or…”

 

Voice of: Pelican Street Resident

“Well, we have to rebuild but we not have di help fi seh start build over. so I would ask fi help to see if anybody would help because only me and my baby dehn deh deh. My granny just move out so dah only me one deh deh and I noh di work and I got my two baby dehn. So I would ah really ask fi help.”

 

While they don’t have a telephone, the family can be found at 4050 Raccoon Street Extension by anyone wishing to assist.

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1 Response for “House falls on Pelican Street”

  1. reality check says:

    where is the deadbeat DAD. force him to work and take care of his children.

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