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Nov 17, 2023

Fire Destroys Two Structures in Belize City

There was a fire in Belize City this morning that completely destroyed a pair of wooden structures in the vicinity of Arlington Drive.  One of the structures was the home of Marlon Usher, a construction worker who had already left for work when the structures went up in flames.  News Five spoke with Usher’s mother who explained what transpired around eight a.m. today.


Voice of: Brenda Usher

Voice of: Brenda Usher, Mother of Fire Victim

“This maanin when I wake, I hyah lotta noise out ya and da that wake me.  Soh a dreg down di window and when I dreg down di window, ah sih lotta smoke.  Ah neva know da mi son house, but then at the same time a di get up and come out ya and a hyah di people dehn weh done deh out ya di seh da Fang bun down, because we call ahn Tiny.  Dehn call mi son Tiny from ih mi baby cause ih mi premature.  Soh that da di lee name weh we give ahn.  Soh dehn seh da Fang bun down Tiny house.  Soh I seh, “Oh my God” and when I come out ya I get fi realize now that da mih lee bwai house gaan down to nothing and he da wahn person weh dah wahn working person.  He noh stay home, all eena rain ih boss cohn way ya cohn pick up ahn dehn go goh work and he work everyday and he got ih lee house deh weh he goh eena and go sleep he do construction.


Isani Cayetano

“I understand that your son may not even know at this point that his house has been burnt down.”


Brenda Usher

“No.  He noh know because weh di high water and ih mi gwein da work, ih phone mi drop outta ih pocket eena di wata.  Soh ih noh got no phone and we noh know ih boss number and we noh know nothing bout dehn people deh.  Soh we haftu wait til dis evening when ih come, ih wahn just come home to wahn house weh ih noh even wahn got wahn suit a clothes fi put on.  So ah woulda like fi anybody come out and try give ahn wahn lee help, even if da through me wid my phone number.  My phone number 606-4295.”

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