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Jul 20, 2009

House burns under suspicious circumstances

Story PictureThe origins of a fire on Sunday morning in the St Martin’s area of Belize City, appears suspicious and the motive is under investigation. The wooden structure was totally destroyed by the blaze and fire fighters were able to contain the fire from spreading to nearby buildings. The owner of the bungalow says he lost all his belongings. News Five’s José Sanchez went to the scene this morning and has a report.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting
Jeanice Pitter woke up at five on Sunday morning to the smell of smoke. She quickly realized her neighbour’s house on Police Street was on fire. Recovering from the shock, she recalled the experience.

Jeanice Pitter, Witnessed Fire
“As I open my door I saw the big blaze coming from towards di door of this house over here and I hail to my husband and I call him Pitter and I was like “Pitter, Pitter fire, fire call 911”. He said he call them about three times. I get on my front porch and called to my neighbour “Fire! Fire!” and the police from over that side, Stafford, he help us call 911 to get help. The more call went in it was better; that’s what I thought. I went on the street and the fire engine they took a little bit to get here but they got here and did what they had to do and they wet down my house and thing and try to protect the fire from coming on this side then after that they finish out the house over this side. But thank goodness they save my house and I can’t complain about the service they did for me yesterday.”

The fire department was back on the scene today to look for clues into Sunday’s inferno.

Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor
“We observed this bungalow house fully engulfed in flames. The team got into operation, extinguishing the fire which was done in about forty-five minutes. Initially, we learnt that Justo owned the premises but the building was occupied by a male and a female. We’ve also gathered information from neighbours that prior to the fire they heard a bang.”

Jose Sanchez
“How do you rate the fire department’s performance yesterday?”

Kenneth Mortis
“Well, looking at this fire and the closest building next door, our team did a very good job. The neighbours commended them for a job well done because damage could have been worse. But luckily, we contained the fire to just this one structure.”

One of the last person’s to find out about the fire was Justo Augustine. He was not at home when the incident occurred. He lost everything.

Justo Augustine, Fire Victim
“I left my cousin and fi he gial inna di spot and dehn end up tell me dehn run out ah di spot because somebody mi just di walk round inna di yard and di house when dehn yer di house start blow up. Two blow; first a big blow, den afta dat dah wah small blow. I neva got my gas tank een deh cause I mi di move out my things dehn. Only one thing I move out and dah my gas tank and my stove cause I need dat fi cook and thing. I like my good food and thing check.”

Jose Sanchez
“What all did you lose?”

Justo Augustine
“I lose my whole sofa set we cost bout seven hundred and odd dollars, my big screen TV, thirty-two inch weh cost one thousand seven hundred. I lose my TV stand, my bed, my mattress and dehn thing deh.”

Di police and Fire department continue to investigate. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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