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Sep 17, 2019

7 Persons Displaced by Fire in San Pedro

Seven persons have been displaced after an early morning fire on San Pedro gutted the wooden two-storey apartment they called home. Just before six o’clock as Vanina Alpuche and her family were sleeping, they were awaken by neighbours and soon after realized that the ground floor of the house was on fire. Alpuche says that the blaze originated from the kitchen area and had trapped several persons in the lower flat. Her husband had to break a window in efforts to rescue his relatives from the burning building. The family is now staying with friends on the island as they try to regain what was lost in the blaze. Alpuche says that the total loss is about twelve thousand dollars in household items.


On the Phone: Vanina Alpuche, Fire Victim

“When I hear this noise, we come down from the stairs. And everything like big bawling and we come down and we saw this fire and—it is his family downstairs—so he was taking a little too long. People were screaming so I didn’t think it was a fire. So when I came down, I saw it was a fire and I went upstairs and told him it’s a fire. So we started to panic and hear his aunt screaming that she is going to burn in this fire. And the fire started in the kitchen side because this apartment just have one entrance and the same entrance is the exit door. So they could not come out and were trapped right in the room. My husband started to break the window to take out his aunt and his little brothers that were trapped in the room. All of the neighbours were trying to help out off the fire. Everything, everything. It was literally a house. People would think it was just a room, but it wasn’t. It had bed, kitchen, the lee living room, bathroom and it was two houses and everything got burned. We couldn’t take out anything, anything, anything.”


Duane Moody

“So what are you guys doing now? Where are you staying? How do you recover from this?”


On the Phone: Vanina Alpuche

“Well right now we’re trying to get help from people around. People are coming to us, like NEMO, but right now we don’t have like a stable house or partner or anything.”


Alpuche and her family have been renting the apartment for four years. Anyone who would like to assist is being asked to contact the family at 602-0721.

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