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#471176 - 08/27/13 09:21 PM Ramon's
ckocian Offline
.....has almost burned to the ground. The whole resort.

#471177 - 08/27/13 09:33 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
Tracker Offline
The fire is in the workers quarters where they do the laundry, has not spread to the actual resort, Yet! I hope it does not and they are able to contain it.
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#471178 - 08/27/13 09:35 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
Diane Campbell Offline
Island power went down about an hour ago to ameliorate ancillary damage from fire - power just came back up - waiting for news overall.

We live 5 miles north and from the beach could see the flames in the sky.

Hoping all are safe - offering any assistance we can provide, including lodgings as best we can arrange them.

#471180 - 08/27/13 09:40 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
Bear Offline
Not jumping to conclusions about damage and extent based on board info. Too many conflicting and inconsistent reports. Hope to offer some assistance and aid where we can.

#471182 - 08/27/13 10:12 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
SimonB Offline
Restaurant and office are gone along with many cabanas. I was beside it at my office and went down to my dock once we saw that it wouldn't jump our way. Still burning but they seem to have it under control.

According to one of my boat captains who was on one of our boats when it started and who could see all of Ramon's from where he was it started in the SW area of the resort.

#471183 - 08/27/13 10:15 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
hazzyy Offline
Two southern cabanas beachside looked to still be there. Everything from the restaurant south besides those two looked to be gone. Pretty terrible.

#471184 - 08/27/13 10:43 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
Gela Offline
Very sad. Daylight will show the awful truth. I hope no lives were lost.
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#471185 - 08/27/13 10:54 PM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
BrusselSprout Offline
I will be there at daylight. Here is what I saw and what I've heard...that everyone is okay.


#471191 - 08/28/13 05:01 AM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
BrusselSprout Offline
Thankfully raining right now!

#471192 - 08/28/13 05:24 AM Re: Ramon's [Re: ckocian]
Marty Offline

Massive fire destroys Ramon’s Village Resort

Ramon’s Village Resort, an iconic tourism institution on Ambergris Caye, located on Coconut Drive, has suffered major damages after a fire ravaged through its grounds. The fire started shortly around 8PM on Tuesday night, August 27th when a building in the southern section of the resort caught fire. It took almost 2 1/2 hours before the fire was brought under control, at which time about 2/3 of the resort was completely destroyed. Neighboring structures received damage and electricity to the entire island was interrupted for nearly an hour.

The San Pedro Fire Department responded shortly after receiving the call of the fire, but faced several challenges. A section of Coconut Drive, including access to Ramon’s Village is currently undergoing major street rehabilitation, and this caused limited access to the fire. Adding to the extenuating circumstances was low water pressure from the fire hydrants after electricity was cut off at 8:30PM. A message from Belize Electricity Limited sent out at 9PM indicated that an emergency power interruption was necessary “to mitigate damages from [the fire] within close proximity to [the] transmission line.”

Guests from the resort were evacuated by the management of the resort before the fire got out of control. “It is definitely a loss to our local tourism industry,” commented the Minister of Tourism and Area Representative Manuel Heredia Jr. as he observed from a distance the island’s prime resort going up in a blaze. “We will render as much support to the management and staff because this resort has been a leading institution in tourism, not only on the island but in the country,” added Heredia.

A large crowd gathered at all corners as the resort was gutted by the blazing fire. Local residents formed a bucket brigade to assist the local firefighters to bring the fire under control. Residents living around the resort as well as guests from neighboring resorts were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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