General / Weekend News

Raging fires in Belize City, Caye Caulker

By Marion Ali, Assistant Editor

Fire officials have finished mopping up two fires in Belize City, one of which left numerous families homeless; while another blaze in Caye Caulker destroyed two buildings.

Sometime around 4:00 p.m., a fire started at a wooden building near a basketball court in Pinks (Majestic) Alley, off North Front and Queen Streets in Belize City.

The blaze quickly spread across to an apartment complex, which was home to more than ten families. It destroyed the two buildings and reportedly spread to another house before fire personnel were able to contain the inferno.

While no one was hurt, the blaze has left more than 50 people homeless, some of whom are being sheltered tonight at the nearby Saint Mary’s parish hall on Handyside Street.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation, but unofficial reports are that fire officials are looking at two possible factors: an incendiary cause or electrical faultiness.

Meanwhile, two buildings were gutted by another fire, causing substantial loss.

A third fire, at a field on Faber’s Road Extension as well, burned for hours, as Belize City fire fighters had to split their manpower and resources to fight this blaze and the Pinks Alley inferno.

The Reporter will have more on these developing stories as the information becomes available.

(Picture: Courtesy Ignacio Mahung)

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