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Fire Relief Efforts Ongoing for Recent Fire on Ambergris Caye

In the early morning of June 27, a fire on San Pedro, Ambergris Caye destroyed eleven structures and damaged seven others. Humanitarian efforts conducted by the Red Cross and the San Pedro Lions Club have yielded over two hundred and twenty five thousand dollars. The San Pedro branch of the National Emergency Management Organization through the Emergency Operation’s Committee has expressed gratitude to the residents of Ambergris Caye and the people of Belize who assisted the fire victims. The cooperation of the San Pedro Lions Club, NEMO, The San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross, the San Pedro Food Bank, the San Pedro Town Council and hundreds of tourism stakeholders and donors on the island and mainland Belize assisted in the relief efforts. Relief efforts ensured that three meals of warm food were served to both the victims and clean-up volunteer crew for six days. The 34 households affected by the fire received mattresses, table-top stoves, butane tanks, hygiene kits, blankets, towels, clothing, non perishable food for up to six weeks and two weeks shelter at various hotels. The affected families have also been offered free counselling to cope with the trauma. The San Pedro Town Council, with the assistance of volunteers from various organizations and businesses, have also been working to ensure that the fire site is clear of any debris. The San Pedro Emergency Operations Committee says the deadline for the submission of pledges and monetary donations is July 31 and that no other entities, businesses or private citizens is authorized to collect or raise funds on behalf of the San Pedro Fire Victims. For transparency purposes anyone wishing to conduct any form of fundraising for the San Pedro Fire Victims is asked to contact the San Pedro Town Council to make necessary arrangements where an authorized organization will be present, to oversee the event. Anyone wishing to make any pledges and donations, can deposit them at San Pedro Red Cross – Belize Bank Account number six two zero nine one one zero three one seven two zero and San Pedro Lions Club Fire Relief Fund – Atlantic Bank Account number two one one three eight two nine zero two. No more food or clothing is being collected at this time.