A family of five is homeless after their home was destroyed by fire. There is a possibility that this may have been an act of arson. Stann Creek Correspondent Harry Arzu has the details.
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: A house that belonged to a family of five was destroyed by fire here last night in the Second New Site area of Dangriga shortly before nine o’clock. Lydia Palacio who lived at the house told Love News that the lumber house measured 18×20 had two bedrooms. The family added that their loss is estimated at $8,000 and lamented that someone intentionally set their house on fire. Love News spoke with a neighbor who was at the scene last night.
Neighbor: “When I was coming earlier, when I turned the lane, because I was coming from the road I live right down there near the lane, when I reached down this side I looked straight up because the flame was already on the inside like it was as if from the inside it had started. So I rode up more to see if it was fire or light, I went to call the guy’s sister by the time we came back the house was already gone.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: It was a lumber house ?
Neighbor: “Yup. The oldest Koote lived there.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: What was his first name ?
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Did he live there with anybody else ?
Neighbor: “His girl is right there with the police.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: Do they have any children?
Neighbor: “Yeah. Two kids. The man already told me that someone attempted to burn down his house that is why when he reached home it smelled like kerosene in the yard and under his house was already black already so that means it was arson and that somebody lit his house on fire.”
Harry Arzu, Stann Creek Correspondent: In addition the family is asking for the public’s assistance to get back on their feet. If anyone would like to assist Lydia Palacio and her family you can contact them at \601-0147 or 635-3908.