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Police suspect that tragic fire on San Pedro was caused by golf cart

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, a fire in the Escalante subdivision area of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye claimed the life of 36-year-old Clarita Bacab, two of her children and her niece.  Today the Police say the fire might have originated from a golf cart that was in the area.

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, CIB, Belize City: “San Pedro Police visited an unnamed street in the Escalante Subdivision area of San Pedro Town. There on arrival they observed that a two storey building was under flames, the top being wooden and the bottom being concrete. The fire was eventually extinguished by the fire personnel however by the time that had occured the building was extensively damaged and four persons had perished in that fire. They were occupying the upper level of the building and they are a 36 year old mother, a 14 year old, a 15 year old and a 16 year old child. The lower level of the building was occupied by four other persons, they did not receive any injuries. Two other persons from the upper flat of the building Mr.David Nunez received injuries burns and is in a critical condition at the KHMH and a 16 year old who received burns to both his palms. What police has been made to understand at this point is that there was a golf cart being charged near the building and that golf cart somehow caught fire the battery exploded and the fire then spread to the steps of the building and then to the remainder of the building causing it to eventually become completely engulfed in flames.”

Bacab’s common-law husband, David Nunez and their son, Shamir Nunez managed to escape.