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Nov 12, 2019

Fire Destroys Wooden House in Benque

A fire quickly swept through a wooden house in the New Site area of Benque Viejo Del Carmen. A family of three lost all they owned in the blaze that erupted around nine o’clock on Monday night. Fortunately, the family members were not inside the building; the house owner was alerted of the fire, but by the time she got to the house, the blaze was uncontrollable. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Burnt rubbles belonging to a house once occupied by a family of three are what remain at the scene in Benque Viejo Del Carmen Town. It was about nine o’clock on Monday night that the fire erupted from within the twenty by fifteen feet wooden structure.


Mareli Avilez

Mareli Avilez, Family Member

“I was out yesterday when one of my neighbours called me, Arli, Arli, your house is on fire. Your house is on fire. So I came from where I was to my house and I saw a lot of people out here and when I saw it was the house at the backyard.  When my little cousin called her mom and told her to look. They saw the fire inside the house and not outside.   It was really huge because the fire was out of the house already.   Even people from main entrance of Benque Viejo Town were up here. They brought buckets and everything to help.”


No one was inside the building when the fire broke. No one was injured but the family lost everything including…


Mareli Avilez

“…sofas, spoons everything for the kitchen. Stove, tank refrigerator. Two beds all of that and the stands.”


The family believes the cause is electrical.


Mareli Avilez

“So I was looking for my grandmother and she said she doesn’t know that she just heard something explode.  I guess it was the refrigerator that exploded in there and that is what happened. So the circuit from the wires.”


The house and its contents were not insured. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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