Fire officials confirm that San Pedro fire was the result of arson

Fire officials confirm that San Pedro fire was the result of arson

Fire officials have confirmed that the weekend blaze on Ambergris Caye was the result of a malicious act. On Sunday morning, an early morning fire in the DFC Area of San Pedro Town scorched the home of 37-year-old Evelyn Cordon and destroyed four of her golf carts. The blaze spread to her adjacent three-bedroom house and damaged the front portion of the structure. Fortunately, fire officials were called out and extinguished the flames before Cordon’s home was completely engulfed. Station Supervisor at the National Fire Service, Kenneth Mortis, says that based on their investigations the only plausible explanation is arson.

Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor, National Fire Service: “Interestingly that is the only cause that we’re leaning to taking into consideration the time of the fire, the pre observation to before the fire started whereby it was reported that  golf cart was seeing fleeing the direct scene and then shortly after the fire erupted. Again fortunately for those residents out in San Pedro you’re looking at 2am everybody is basically asleep so again that was another fortunate case whereby the woman in question only received burns to both of her hands and her fingertips. Whenever those types of fires happen and the results end up like that we are always thankful forever grateful. The last thing we look forward to or want to walk away from is knowing that there is a loss of life as a result of a fire.”

Reporter: Based on the investigation are you able to say if any accelerants were used ? 

Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor, National Fire Service:  “In these days surprisingly you don’t need an accelerant to be a mischievous fellow. Everything around you is an accelerant, the clothes you’re wearing is an accelerant, those golf carts I don’t want to speak on them because I don’t know the security features but my little knowledge serves that the fuel gallon sits right under the seat of those golf carts and if it isn’t locked properly everything around you is an accelerant you don’t necessarily need kerosene, gasoline or something to that effect.”

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