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Aug 15, 2016

Spark Sets Belmopan Bar Ablaze

Around eleven-thirty this morning, E and L Sports Bar located behind the La Cabana Bar in Belmopan went up in flames. The thatch to the front portion of the roof caught fire as workmen were repairing the zinc roofing that was damaged during Hurricane Earl two Wednesdays ago. Bar owner Levi Tello spoke to News Five that a spark caught on to the thatch and the fire spread through the upper wooden flat of the building. 


Levi Tello, Owner, E & L Sports Bar

“Well that started about eleven-thirty. What happen is that we mi di do wah metal roof. We mi deh far, but I think what happened is that we had a hard breeze coming and so it blow a spark and something and a spark and it caught the thatch and it started to burn.”


Levi Tello

Duane Moody

“Now I understand that you guys were fixing the roof with the zinc because it was destroyed by the hurricane. Talk to us about that.”


Levi Tello

“Yes, for the hurricane I got damage and so that’s what we was fixing back. And it is just bad luck that this happened. Maybe by tomorrow I will see because the main framing, nothing happened to it. So just the thatch and I am not sure as I will do it over as thatch. From since I put the first leaf, I know one day something will happen and I had that in mind so it is good that it happened now and not when I had customers. The hurricane damage it was nothing. But right now yes, it will affect me a little bit. But like what I tell you; thing done happen, what I could do? Just take it.”


The total cost of the damage is unknown, but fortunately the building was insured. 

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