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Sep 7, 2020

Sanjay Pilgrim Believes His House and Business was Set on Fire

An established funeral parlour went up in flames on Friday; a house in the same yard on Freetown Road in Belize City was also destroyed by the blaze. The business and property were owned by Sanjay Pilgrim Senior. Investigations are ongoing about the origins of the fire. Today Pilgrim Senior told News Five’s Hipolito Novelo that he lost everything in the fire and needs help to rebuild.

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr., Fire Victim

“I was very devastated. I couldn’t believe it. I don’t see who could do something like that. Right now I am homeless. I am just trying to find somewhere; I just try to beg a little lodging here and there. If I stay here tonight I can’t stay tonight then I find somewhere else.”

 

Hipolito Novelo reporting

Sanjay Pilgrim Senior lost everything to a raging inferno on Friday morning. All of his belongings, house, and business were destroyed by a fire that erupted some time after one o’clock in the morning. The fire spread quickly, moving from the bedroom where it started to the Pilgrim’s business, Sanjay Pilgrim Caskets and Wreaths Shop. Fortunately no one was at home when the fire started. Fire investigators have ruled out electrical and accidental as the cause for the fire, leaving Pilgrim to believe it was arson.

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

“Because no electrical item was on. It was the day after the hurricane so I took off the switch box. So I feel like it was arson.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Why would someone want to cause damage to you or to your residence?”

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

“Well I am not sure. I am just a business man trying to make a living. I have my children with me most of the time. So I don’t see why someone would want to destroy my business and my home.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“You don’t have any beef with anyone, threats coming to you recently?”

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

“No, Sir.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Is there anything from your past that might come to haunt you now?”

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.         

“I don’t believe that I have any problems in the past because I always try to be somebody that is fair.   I don’t go looking for trouble and I am always at my business establishment.”

 

And that business establishment existed since 1985. It was a hallmark on Freetown Road, now turned rubble and ashes.

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

“When I look in there, I see everything that I had has been destroyed. Not even the clothes, nothing was saved. All my children’s toys and stuff were damaged. My structure for the business and for the home at the back is totally destroyed. Nothing was saved.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“How long have you had this business?”

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

“Well this business was from 1985. It was first for my father and then he passed away and then I took over the business from there. It’s been in the family from 1985.”

 

Pilgrim is struggling to get back on his feet and continue the legacy of his father but he needs your help to do so.

 

Sanjay Pilgrim Sr.

“It wasn’t insured. So I don’t have any money to get back from insurance money or anything. But I would like to appeal to the public, if anybody can help, with any structural, to build back the structure to put back the business together so I can make livelihood. I would really appreciate it. Any help would be appreciated.”

 

Pilgrim senior can be contacted at six-zero-one-three-eight-nine-nine. Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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