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Feb 7, 2019

Small Fire at Civic is Quickly Contained by Firefighters

A fire erupted inside a storeroom at the Civic Center shortly after midnight on Thursday.  When police responded to the scene, they met personnel from the fire department in the process of extinguishing the flames.  According to Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, the cause of the fire may have been some old drums stowed inside the storage area.  While he provided brief details on the incident, the National Fire Service, as well as the management of the Civic Center, is yet to provide official details of what transpired.


Alejandro Cowo

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

“This morning just before one, police were called to the Civic Center whereupon arrival they met personnel from the fire department and police observed a small room, a storage room on the first floor of the Civic Center which hosts old drums and other materials inside of it and apparently one of the drums had ignited.  As a result, it just caused smoke and a small fire inside of that section of the Civic Center.  Fortunately, it was put out by the fire department and there was no major damages done to it.”



“At that time in the morning, is it believed that preliminarily that that fire was intentionally set?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“No, we do not believe it was intentionally [set].”



“Have you gotten any report from the fire department thus far?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“No, it is in its infant stage so we’ll have to wait on their analysis of the scene and everything, you know.”

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