San Pedro fire personnel are still investigating what caused a house fire on the island. The fire happened on Sunday, July eighth, shortly before nine p.m. in the San Pedrito area on the island. A small elevated plywood house caught fire, which then spread to a second plywood structure located three feet away. Station Officer Oren Smith provided more details on the incident.
Orin Smith, National Fire Service: “The 12X8 structure was destroyed and the West face of the adjacent structure was damaged by fire. Preliminary investigation revealed that the occupant of the 12X8 structure had left the structure only moments before the fire had occured. The fire originated in the center of the building, the cause is still under investigation.”
Reporter: Is there any suspicion of foul play involved in this incident?
Orin Smith, National Fire Service: “At this time no we don’t suspect foul play but nothing is ruled out until the investigation is concluded.”
Reporter: Did the owner leave anything on ? Any cooking ?
Orin Smith, National Fire Service: “In the area of the origin no there was no indication of such.”
The house is owned by a well-known character of the island, Coconut Leo also known as Leo Martinez. The house did not have any electrical connection. While investigators have not concluded the cause of the blaze, Coconut says he suspects it’s arson.