Investigators are still trying to determine the origin of a fire that killed four persons. As we told you in yesterday’s newscast, the fire occurred in the Escalante subdivision of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Residents of the area complained that the fire department was not equipped to deal with the fire. Today, Edmond Castro, Minister of NEMO and Transport was asked about it.
Edmond Castro – Minister of NEMO and Transport: “I must give condolences to the family for those people out in San Pedro and I will be getting my brief from the Fire Department as to what went good and what went wrong and see how we could best improve. Each time there is an emergency or fire we try to sit down and see how best we could do and do a better job next time.
Reporter: Are you looking to improve the equipment of the firefighters out there?
Edmund Castro, NEMO Minister: “It’s a constant struggle that we are trying to improve the equipment that we have, some of our trucks are very old some of them are from 1969 but with the limited resources we are doing our best to make sure that we could do a little bit better each time. We have ordered some pumps that will be assisting the fire department out in San Pedro and Caye Caulker. We were looking at a different operation in terms of trying to buy some of the water trucks, a 3,000 gallon for San Pedro would be the one that carries about 3,000 gallons. Most of the firetrucks they depend on a water source to provide the water to out fires. The reason we are looking at water trucks is to have about 3,000 gallons to start the war with as opposed to some of the fire trucks can only carry 600 gallons. So I think if we try to change the model then we will be able to get more, provide a water truck probably for each district to help with the fleet that we currently have.”
Clara Bacab and her two children, 14-year-old Alan and six-year-old Mia Nunez, along with her niece, 16-year-old Sherlie Bacab died in the fire. Bacab’s common-law husband, David Nunez and son, Shamir Nunez managed to escape. The San Pedro community has rallied to provide support to the family. A radiothon and dollar drive has been planned for Friday. Residents are urged to make a donation to the cause. UNICEF will be providing psychosocial care to the affected families as well as students from the schools the children who perished in the fire attended. For its part, NEMO will be providing housing and the Food Bank at Hope Haven will be providing the affected families with food.