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Sep 9, 2019

Fire Guts House in Camalote Village

Pastor Floyd Neal lost his house and belongings in a fire over the weekend. The fire was caused by an electrical fault inside the living room of his house in Camalote, Cayo. The pastor’s wife was at home when the fire broke but all she could do was to pick up her children and get them out of harm’s way. Here is News Five’s Hipolito Novelo with a report.


Hipolito Novelo reporting

A fire on Friday afternoon gutted a wooden house in Camalote Village. Remnants of the burnt structure remain at the residence of the Neal family.  Pastor Floyd Neal says he was at work when he received a distressing call from his wife, Christine, at around three o’clock.


Pastor Floyd Neal, Fire Victim

Pastor Floyd Neal

 “She told me that she was downstairs in the yard and she heard a popping sound from upstairs. She went upstairs. We have an area where we do my studies, that area was engulfed in fire.”


Realizing that the fire was spreading rapidly, Christine moved quickly; removing herself and her three sons out of harm’s way. The inferno consumed the house in a matter of minutes.


Pastor Floyd Neal

“She couldn’t do nothing. With three boys, she just quickly got out. The house is a wooden house, it was quickly engulfed by fire. She ran to the neighbour. The neighbour attempted to assist but it was too late.”


Even with the quick response of fire-fighters and police, the scorching flame had grown into a towering inferno.  Christine saw her family’s home burn to the ground and everything they once own go up in ashes.


Pastor Floyd Neal

“She told me she heard like a booming, like a pop which is the electrical. She then ran upstairs and she the smoke and flames. There is nothing that she could have done, having a young baby in her arm and two other boys. She couldn’t save anything. The fire spread quickly throughout the house. We even got some things from Courts, everything totaled, destroyed, my two laptops. I had an encyclopedia that I use for the church, six thousand dollars, that too was destroyed. Everything.  A lot of sentimental stuff, my wife’s Ids-everything.”


After investigations, fire officials have determined that the cause of the fire was electrical.


Pastor Floyd Neal

“The wire was fused together. So it was a caused for electrical.


Hipolito Novelo

“The fire started where in the house?”


Pastor Floyd Neal

“It  started pretty much in the living room area where I have my computers and stuff. That’s the area that was quickly engulfed.”


Fortunately no one was hurt. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


If you would like to assist the Neal family, you can contact six-two-five-four-two-three-seven.


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