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Hopkins Restaurant Gutted by Early Morning Fire

A well-known restaurant in Hopkins Village was destroyed beyond repair by a fire early this morning.  Mel’s Diner by the Sea went up in flames, leaving Delroy Zuniga without a business. Stann Creek Correspondent, Harry Arzu, visited the site which was covered in ashes and burnt wood and found out more.

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “Actually, we were around about 1:15. I closed at 11:45 last night and we went, only me and my girlfriend were around by that time. So actually we went upstairs of our house and from there we dropped asleep a little bit. It was my cousins who called me and told me that the place was under fire and actually the neighbours said she saw it when the lightning was striking. That is how she checked outside and that was how she saw it.”

Reporter: So you’re saying that it could have been the fire was caused by lightning?

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “Yes. I can’t. It’s not something I am sure about but, you know? But it’s? 

Reporter: There were nobody around?

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “At that time when we was here, well nobody was around. But then it started to drizzle, that’s why we went upstairs.”

Reporter: Did anybody come out to help out? 

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “Actually it was raining and lightning still so it was very had to contain the fire because it’s blaze and then with the strike so it’s never.”

Reporter: So it was raining at the time?

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “Yeah it was raining hard and it still burned.”

Reporter: Was the place insured?

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “It’s not insured because the umm, they wouldn’t insure it.”

Reporter: They wouldn’t insure this kind of place anyway right?

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “Yeah.”

Reporter: So what would you say would be the cost of your loss?

Delroy Zuniga, Mel’s Diner By The Sea: “mostly the cost of it is like $8000 with everything inside of it.”