Ramon’s Village, one of San Pedro Town’s most popular tourist resorts, was partially wiped out during a fire that started around eight o’clock on Tuesday night.
The resort’s offices, along with its restaurant and gift shop – a total of 29 cabanas, were gutted in one of the most massive fires on the island in recent history.
The management and staff attempted to out the fire with fire extinguishers before it developed into the inferno that it became, but their efforts proved futile and it took the fire department two hours to finally bring the blaze under control.
The night’s strong winds did not help the situation and one cabana alone is said to have burnt in less than 60 seconds.
By mid-morning on Wednesday, fire fighters were battling smaller fires that had re-ignited.
Among the debris were all of the restaurant and gift shop equipment and supplies, the laundry equipment, and luggage and personal effects belonging to the patrons.
What contributed to the disaster was that the fire department had problems with water pressure, a problem that has plagued the fire departments on San Pedro and Caye Caulker for decades.
Fire officials say that the fire started in cabana number 15, near the kitchen and Laundromat. It was a room that was occupied by two visitors to Belize.
They and more than 20 others who were visiting, are being assisted through the area representative for Belize Rural South, Manuel Heredia, to get the necessary paperwork completed in order that their stay is not delayed by any great measure.
A tally of the estimated loss is still being calculated, but 29 of the resort’s 72 cabanas have been destroyed. The resort’s owner has assured that the hotel will rebound and be back on stream. Ramon’s Village Resort has been there since 1982.