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Jul 24, 2014

Children Playing With Lighters Are Cause for Recent Fires

Prior to responding to the fire on Berkley Street, the National Fire Service had to respond to another fire, this time in the Conch Shell Bay Area. Smith also had on display the various lighter tools to sensitize the public on items that should be kept out of the reach of children.


Orin Smith, Station Manager, Nat’l Fire Service

“The national fire service received and responded to the call of a structural fire at number two Conch Shell Bay Area, Belize City. On arrival on scene, smoke was seen coming from a small wooden structure approximately, fourteen by fourteen; the fire had been extinguished by occupants of the home. Information revealed was that a minor was playing with a lighter tool and had ignited a mattress in the home. That to present is the fourth structural fire we’ve had in this month that has been the result of a minor playing with a lighter tool.”



Orin Smith

“So how many families or people have been affected by these two fires?”


Orin Smith

“The fire in the Conch Shell Bay Area had two occupants living at the structure. The fire at the Berkley Street Address…number twenty-five Berkley Street address, the upper flat, there were five individuals living at that structure—three adults and two minors. The three adults were not at home at the time. There was an elder person left in charge of the two minors.”



“Going back to the Conch Shell Bay fire, was it a similar case as this morning where the minors were left home alone?”


Orin Smith

“There were adults there, but if tools such as matches, lighter or lighted candles are left in easy reach of children, they will play with these things. They don’t understand the danger. The occupants, the elders in the homes, parents and guardians, it is their responsibility to educate the children on the dangers of playing with these tools.”


The third fire today erupted at a house in the Black Water Creek Area of Orange Walk Town. The cause of the blaze is not known, but it destroyed the house of a family of four. But preliminary investigations indicate that the inferno may have been as a result of illegal electrical connection between two houses.

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