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Sep 24, 2018

Fire Destroys Home in Belize City

Here in Belize City, a fire wiped out a family home in Belize City on Jane Usher Boulevard, but fortunately there was no loss of life.  The family of four, however, lost everything in the blaze which erupted sometime between midnight and one o’clock this morning. The family says that the fire started in a bedroom and the flames quickly engulfed the rest of the wooden house. Today we spoke with one of the owners who believes it was deliberately set; Kendra Smith says that there was a disagreement with someone in the neighborhood and that is why her house was burnt down.


Voice of: Kendra Smith, Fire Victim

“I was told it was about twelve or one o’clock. I received a clock about one o’clock stating that my house was on fire but around that time when I got the call it had already burn down to the ground.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you were not at home?”


Voice of: Kendra Smith Fire Victim

“No. Only my sista and my bredda.”


Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about those persons inside the house – did they manage to escape unhurt?”


Voice of: Kendra Smith

“Yeah they come out good.”


Andrea Polanco

“To which part of the house did the fire start and do you know what started the fire?”


Voice of: Kendra Smith

“It start from my room and I know that it wasn’t an electrical problem. I know that it is arson because of a situation I had with some people in the area like about a month ago or so. Everybody tell me the same thing and when my sista call she tell me that the fire started in my room, so it is like me the persons wanted to go after to do what they had to do. After that the fire start to spread to the whole house after that and nothing we neva save.”


If you’d like to assist Smith and her family, you can reach her at 632-2626.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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