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Apr 19, 2022

Former Minister’s Property Destroyed by Fire on Ambergris Caye

The Belize National Fire Service is also investigating a fire on Ambergris Caye that destroyed a two storey structure. At this time, investigators have been able to ascertain the cause of the fire. They say that the house is the property of former government minister, Manuel Heredia. Investigators, however, are still working to determine the value of the home and who were the occupants at the time of the fire. Fire Station Supervisor, Kenneth Mortis gave us the details.

 

Kenneth Mortis

Kenneth Mortis, Fire Station Supervisor, Belize National Fire Service

“Friday Afternoon shortly after five p.m. the San Pedro Fire Department received a structural fire in progress of which they responded. On arrival they observed what a two-storey-plycem structure house engulfed in fire. As per normal, our operations commenced. We learnt that this building was owned by former minister Heredia. There was a noble who was the co-occupant of the upper portion. We learnt that the fire started in the south western portion of the building, which would have housed a living room/modified bedroom. When we concluded our investigation we learnt that this fire started as a result of an electrical flaw. Unfortunately, for the occupants of this particular structure, they lost everything, and they are now starting to re-gather themselves and start their lives from scratch.”

 

Reporter

“Was the house insured?”

 

Kenneth Mortis

“To date we have no information as to whether that was insured or not. I am still waiting for the final piece of the puzzle from my guys in San Pedro.”


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