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Feb 5, 2018

Fire Service avoids catastrophe on Kelly Street

There was a fire today in Belize City but quick action by the Fire Department contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to nearby buildings. The fire started in the lower flat of a two-storey building on Kelly Street, which houses a business and a rental unit. Fire officials say it is too early to tell what caused the fire but what they do know is that the fire was put out before it got out hand since the department was called quickly. Here’s what Fire Chief Ted Smith had to say about reporting fires in a timely manner.


Ted Smith, Fire Chief, Belize National Fire Service

Ted Smith

“At 1:40 today the national fire service received and responded to a structural fire at 20 B Kelly Street in Belize City near the plaza. Upon arrival, the fire department found a wooden two-storey structure, the bottom floor of the southwestern section, in flames. The fire department immediately went into operation containing the fire to the ground floor of the particular area we found on fire and extinguished the said fire. As a I said, we received the fire report at 1:40 and by 1:42 the first truck arrived on scene. In particular, what is important is to note the age of this structure – the wooden condition, how old it is and the little fire damage that has occurred. This, in particular is because of the timely, I repeat, the timely information or the timely informing of the fire department of this situation. Because this fire was discovered early and the fire department was informed on a timely manner, we were able to respond and catch this fire in an incendiary phase and was able to effectively extinguish this fire. Had we arrived when the fire was totally out of control, it would have been a challenge because if you notice of the close proximity of the other structures beside it. So, it is important that all of us living in Belize become cognizant of the fact of informing the national fire service of incidents so that we can respond immediately and deal with the situation effectively.”

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