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Dec 11, 2017

Fire Hits Market Stall

The Michael Finnegan Market, formerly known as Queen’s Square Market, was the scene of a fire over the weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, a stall that was being occupied by fifty-two-year-old Pearl Usher, at the corners of Hicattee Street and West Collet Canal went up in smoke sometime after midday.  Belize City police were called out to the area of the Hyde’s Building by businessman Alvin Coleman who was alerted of the fire sometime earlier.  When they arrived at the location, police observed an unpainted concrete bungalow engulfed in flames.  Despite a subsequent attempt by the fire department to douse the flames, the stall was totaled by water and fire damages.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City

“Reference that fire there, it was stall number six at the Hyde’s mini-market.  The entire structure was destroyed by fire and the water damage caused by the fire department.  Up to now, the cause of the fire has not been ascertained.  We know it’s a place that used to sell clothes and other things.  It was being rented by Ms. Pearl Usher and we know that the building or the stall was insured.”


The value of the stall and its contents are yet to be determined.

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