Officials are conducting their investigations into last night’s fire in the Cayo District. Police say that the incident happened at a home at the corner of 18th Street and Swallow Drive in San Ignacio Town. The incident cost 62-year-old Merlene Wellington her life. 41-year-old Shantel Hendy was in her room sleeping and she heard her mother shouting. Hendy told police when she went to check, she saw thick smoke coming from her mother’s room. Hendy says she tried to open her mom’s room door but to no avail. Hendy then focused on evacuating her children from the home and then made another attempt to get her mother out but that second attempt also proved futile. Unfortunately, Wellington could not be saved and after the fire had been extinguished her charred remains were taken to the San Ignacio Hospital.