Arson Suspected in Destruction of Principal’s Office

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Updated: February 27, 2017

The administration of the United Community Primary School in southern Belize is spending the day clearing debris from a fire that consumed the principal’s office in the wee hours of this morning.  Anthony Zuniga is the school Principal; he spoke with us on what he found when he got to the school.

ANTHONY ZUNIGA

“I got the call from Mr.Chun the Vice Principal of the school who lives in the community at about 2:20 this morning and when I got here everything was on fire. I saw pure devastation in what used to be my office. It is total destruction, the administration on the second floor and two classes on the ground floor.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Do you have any indication right now as to what may have caused the fire?”

ANTHONY ZUNIGA

“Definitely burglary/ arson. They burglarized the place because we found our microwave and other stuff downstairs and they took some petty cash and other things so burglary/arson.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Were any other classrooms damaged?”

ANTHONY ZUNIGA

“No only the principal’s office and the back part of the computer lab and the library but it was just more smoke damage than anything else but the fire itself began in my office.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Have you been able to ascertain the cost of damages?”

ANTHONY ZUNIGA

“The office alone is $30,000 then we had laptops, printers, desktops we are just overwhelmed by the loss of the experience.”

RENEE TRUJILLO

“Do you know if the police have any suspects or anybody detained for it ?”

ANTHONY ZUNIGA

“No the police have been around doing their investigation but the police are still investigating.”

The United Community Primary School is located between the villages of Santa Cruz and San Roman Villages on the Southern Highway.