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Apr 23, 2015

Fire Destroys Belize City Home

A fiery blaze on Partridge Street Extension at around one-thirty this afternoon completely destroyed an upstairs wooden home belonging to Edith Valentine. Nobody was there at the time, and Valentine, who works as a cook at Price Barracks got the call at her job. By the time Fire Department personnel extinguished the flames, all had already been lost. Valentine’s mother, Grizelle Robinson lives across the street and told us what she observed. Just after she spoke to us, a distraught Valentine arrived home to find investigators processing the scene.


Grizelle Robinson, Mother of Edith Valentine

“I deh lay down because every afternoon I tek wah rest cause I have wah pain. So mi nephew seh he gwein out and he gawn out. When he come he call me and seh Aunty, Aunty…Aunty Edith house deh pon fire. When I wake up I only see the blaze. Like how I sick I can’t run deh so all I do dah stand up and cry. I can’t do nothing.”


Grizelle Robinson


“You have any indication what could have started it…has anybody told you anything yet?”


Grizelle Robinson

“Nobody noh tell me nothing. I just gawn ask the man weh midi write down thing and he tell me he noh hear nothing. I noh even gawn up deh. Everything, everything…and ih midi try build ih house an soh. Everything…I know everything from I see the blaze I know ih lose everything. I noh even gawn up deh yet.”


While the investigation is in its preliminary stages, investigators believe that the blaze started in the bedroom of the home.  

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