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Aug 10, 2012

Resort torched in Toledo

The Indian Creek Lodge in Toledo has been under fire by former employees. First there was the issue of an under fed jaguar that was pining away in a cage. That animal had since been rescued by the Belize Zoo. But no one came to rescue the employees who reported to the labor department that they were owed months of salaries. The unpopular resort had amassed a lot of anger by residents in the area, and the resort that was already the subject of heated debate, was torched in the night. A section of the Indian Creek Lodge was set on fire and burnt to the ground. News Five spoke via phone to Inspector Ernel Dominguez, Officer in Charge of the Punta Gorda police about this latest incident at the Indian Creek Lodge.


Via Phone: Inspector Ernel Dominguez, O.C., Punta Gorda Police

“As a result of information police received, they visited the Indian Creek Lodge, which is about thirty miles out of town, where they met one Nathaniel Mas, who was the manager of the resort when it was in operation. He reported to them that sometime just before twelve midnight, he was informed of a fire at the lodge where he went over to check on it. It was confirmed that two thatch room buildings were engulfed in flames. The police, while on the scene, were awaiting the fire service which did not showed up because they said that it was beyond their jurisdiction. As a result of that, the police carried out investigation where they believed that the fire might have been an act of arson. The matter is under investigation by Toledo police.”


Ernel Dominguez

Jose Sanchez

“O.C., I understand there was a recent or two incidents regarding the owner of the resort and employees over wages. Is that correct?


Via Phone: Inspector Ernel Dominguez

“To be certain, yes we have some knowledge that there was some dispute, but we were not certain as to what has become of that dispute. I could recall that recently on the news, there were some mentioning by some people in that area that they still have not settled the arrangement as it relates to the wages.”


Jose Sanchez

“Now, has the resort owner come forward to make a statement as yet?”


Via Phone: Inspector Ernel Dominguez

“Umm, I must say that prior to some arrangement he has made with these people for the third of August, he was at the P.G. Police Station; apparently there was some problem when he went to the resort and the police had to go there and actually escort him away from the resort to the station where he made some agreement or arrangement with the past employees and after that the police set him free because we didn’t have anything against him. It was something between the labor officer and the ex-employees and him.”


Jose Sanchez

“And in regards to the incident, has he said anything that can provide useful information for the investigation?”


Via Phone: Inspector Ernel Dominguez

“Umm, I wouldn’t say directly but I could recall there was some incident of the place being vandalized prior to the day in question.”

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3 Responses for “Resort torched in Toledo”

  1. Storm says:

    Hmm. Would stupid employees do this, which will make it almost certain they will not recover past wages? Or would a failing businessman do it to collect insurance? Or is there some other nefarious explanation?

    I hope police are up to solving it, and bringing the arsonist[s] to justice.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out, and how soon.

  2. out of the South! says:

    over the past couple of years several homes in the villages have been burnt down and not a single person has been arrested these include the home of the alcalde of San Miguel, the home of the head of the TCGA, the home of the Croc sanctuary owners the home of one of the Requena’s family and am sure many more and to date not a single person has been arrested.. shame on the government for ignoring this problem..

  3. Robert says:

    Arson is considered a major criminal offense, in the same category as murder as people can die in fires, and larceny as it threatens the livelihood of the community and the economics of the country by discouraging business, or alternatively by enabling businesses under stress to avoid debt or to make insurance claims.

    It is critical for the well being of the people of Belize, and the future of investment in Belize, that the perpetrators of this heinous crime, and previous similar crimes, are found by the police and punished to the full extent of the law.

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