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Dec 2, 2019

Orange Walk Family of 4 Homeless after Fire

A fire consumed the house of Maria Esther Garcia in Orange Walk Town. The single mother and her three children were not at home when the blaze swept through the wooden building destroying all the contents inside. Garcia wakes up early in the mornings to sell to earn her living but on Sunday morning, all was lost.  Dalila Ical and Duane Moody file this report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

On Sunday morning, this little girl spent her fourth birthday playing in the charred remains of what was her home. Her family’s small wooden house was devoured by fire early on Saturday night, displacing her and three others.   Maria Esther Garcia was not at home when the fire started. The single mother was out working when someone alerted her of the blaze. One of her daughters checked and confirmed the tragic news.  When she arrived around six o’clock, there was nothing she could do; all the family’s belongings went up in flames.


Maria Esther Garcia

Maria Esther Garcia, Fire Victim [Translated]

“I lost everything and the thing is, I have children in school and I do not know what I will do with them because i did not save anything. Not even a pair of socks, nothing, nothing. It’s something terrible for me. Even the money I was struggling to earn. I used to save. As a single mother, I have to look after them. I have look after food, after school, after everything. I don’t have any help and I am stressed right now. I do not know what to say. Even worse, my little ones…I don’t even have a single pot to heat water to at least make some coffee.”


Garcia says her youngest was to have celebrated her fourth birthday on Sunday with a piñata, but all was lost in the fire. It’s a devastating loss for this single mom, who adds that she does not understand how it could have happened.


Maria Esther Garcia [Translated]

“I do not have any power connection. I just use my stove and light. I remember that I did not leave any light on, I didn’t leave anything. I wasn’t here all day. My neighbours are witnesses that at the break of dawn I go to sell. I take my children. I never leave them. It would have been terrible if I had left my children. I do not know what would have happened.”


Garcia says she spent the night at one of her older son’s house but it is only temporary. She says she needs a home to accommodate the smaller children. Duane Moody for News Five.

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