By Alexis R. Milan, Staff Reporter
A small skiff burst into flames while being launched from the “Hangar” area in Belize City after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, leavinar dock near the municipal airstrip when a small explosion occurred.
Residents said they heard a loud bang. The fire and police departments were summoned to the scene and the occupants of the vessel were taken to the hospital for burn injuries.
According to Anna Badillo, Romi’s wife, her husband is currently being treated at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for second degree burns. Badillo is currently listed in critical but stable condition.
Badillo said her husband, who is a captain by profession, told her that he was going out to sea but she does not know where they were going.
According to the fire department, an official statement of the cause of the fire will not be available until next Tuesday. Police were unavailable for comment. However, Police Press Officer, Rafael Martinez confirmed the explosion of the vessel and said he had not received any other details regarding the incident.