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Jan 2, 2015

P.G. Home Set On Fire

Orin Smith

The first fire, which investigators have revealed had a similar M.O. as that of the Orange Walk inferno, occurred in Punta Gorda. Firefighters responded to a fire at a concrete house located on Front Street in that southern town. After the blaze was extinguished, investigation would reveal that the house belonging to Victoria Ogaldez, who lives in the U.S., was broken into through a bedroom window. But before walking out the back door, the burglar or burglars would set the house on fire. Station Manager of the National Fire Service, Orin Smith told News Five about the fire.

Orin Smith, Station Manager, National Fire Service

“On arrival on the scene, flames and smoke were seen coming through the roof and window of a concrete structure. The fire was quickly brought under control and extinguished. Preliminary investigation reveals evidence that the building had been broken into through a bedroom window. The rear door of the structure was also observed opened with no signs of forced entry. The fire originated in the south bedroom of the structure. That fire is being classified as incendiary. The owner of that structure was in the U.S. at the time and the building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.”


The caretaker of the house was twenty-three year old Heralda Petillo. 

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