Two fires were reported in Belize City over the weekend. The first occurred around eleven o’clock on Saturday night on Kut Avenue. The occupant of the house, who is reportedly a mental patient, was not at home during the time. According to Kenneth Mortis, Station Supervisor in the National Fire Service, the fire is believed to have been caused due to a small garbage fire in the yard. He noted that they are yet to speak with the occupant.
Kenneth Mortis, Fire Station Supervisor: “When we tried to locate Mr.Anderson to have a word with him to date we have not found him. We haven’t had any conversation as to exactly what’s the status regarding himself and the trailer that he occupied. We can confirm however that the fire started as a result of an open garbage fire so to speak that eventually consumed the trailer and it’s contents inside. Looking at the hours that fire took place I do not see any reason to believe that that fire started mysteriously, somebody definitely started it whether it was for burning purposes, clearing purposes but whatever the reason the final outcome was the fact that the trailer was officially burnt down and it is now deemed unlivable.”
The second fire took place early Sunday morning on Raccoon Street Extension. The two-story wooden house was destroyed along with everything inside. According to Mortis the cause is yet to be ascertained.
Kenneth Mortis, Fire Station Supervisor: “Mr.Belisle stated that he was at home alone and we conducted an investigation trying to ascertain what caused that fire however the investigation is still pending because the information forthcoming is very limited. We know for a fact that the building while it had electricity we have ruled that out as a probable cause for a fire, we ruled out the fact that any chance of an unattended stove seems that Mr.Belisle wasn’t even cooking. So that is something that we have to go back to the field and try to see if we can come up with a cause. Again I’m trying to get a hold of Mr.Belisle so I can try and wrap up the cause of this fire most expeditiously. Mr.Belisle’s view he said that we’re acting a little bit sluggish without a sense of urgency on our arrival BEL technicians did not arrive on the scene as yet to de-energize the building of its electricity so that we the firemen could have moved around freely and we did not want to put our men at risk. So what Mr.Belisle views as sluggishly we view as moving with caution. You know we’re fighting a structural fire this building is fully energized and we’re throwing water the possibility of being electrocuted through this act is real.”