Firefighters Battle Blaze at Abandoned Home in Belize City

Firefighters Battle Blaze at Abandoned Home in Belize City

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  • February 29, 2024
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Firefighters worked to put out a large fire that consumed an abandoned home on Mudd Street in the vicinity of Jane Usher Boulevard this morning. Belize City Firefighters received reports about the blaze at around 5:00 am. Officials have not said what caused the fire, however, Station Supervisor Kenneth Mortis from the National Fire Service says the unit is investigating.

Kenneth Mortis, Belize City Station Supervisor: “There was a fire like almost five this morning, a little after five whereby a 20×24 wooden structure was fully gutted and destroyed as the result of a fire. We know that the building was owned by Mr.Belisle. Apparently Mr.Belisle either wasn’t at home or he doesn’t live there at the premises. Unconfirmed reports is that the building was abandoned which is yet to be confirmed between fire investigators and the owner knowing that abandoned and unoccupied is two different categories. So we need clarity on that. As soon as we’re able to speak with Mr.Belisle we can determine exactly which is which. As far as to where or how the fire started we are still trying to ascertain that. The hours of the morning pretty much nobody was up and about who could have aided us in whether they saw something out of the ordinary to that extent. So we are still investigating that fire and we are hoping that before the day is over we can conclusively say where it started or how it started.”

Reporter: So I just want to confirm there was no electricity in the house ? 

Kenneth Mortis, Belize City Station Supervisor: “As far as we gathered there was no electricity which kind of wants to lead us to the abandoned side but like I said we need clarity from Mr.Belisle as to what was going on with this structure whether it was being used as a store house, whether it was sitting there, only he can answer that question for us.”

The house has been reportedly vacant for months. One of the residents, who rented the house said that the house was not livable due to electrical issues.

“I moved out because the landlord said he wanted to repair the house. So I moved out and came across here so I handed up the house. A young lady was living in there he put out the young lady and when he put out the young lady the young lady went to live in Belmopan and the house stayed abandoned open all day, anybody would go in there so that’s the first I know about. Well it was really old, it was really destroyed so it wasn’t a good comfortable house to say for somebody to live. People that lived there like me well we had to steal light and it would blow up my things, mess up my things so I ended up moving too.”

Reporter: So you used to get light from ?

“From the post but I moved out of that house a long time, I was in that house a year and change and I took a lot of licks with my kids. The yard used to hold a lot of water, when I used to call the landlord I don’t know like he doesn’t care, you know he just cares about the money and those things so I just moved from across there when he said he needed to repair it I said thank God.”

No one was injured in the house fire.

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