In February of 2015, the Founder of World Famous Hummingbird Highway Tamales, Bertha Lisbey passed away at age seventy-eight. But business continued as usual as her daughter, Aurora carried on the tradition at the well known location. But less than a year after, tragedy struck once again because on New Year’s Eve, the popular shed at mile twenty-five on the Hummingbird Highway went up in flames.
Stann Creek Police are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a popular structure on mile 25 of the Hummingbird Highway, known as “Bertha Tamales”, which caught fire around 6:30 p.m. on the evening of New Year’s Eve.
Owned by 38-year-old Aurora Lisbey, the small 12 feet by 12 feet structure and all its contents was completely destroyed in the blaze, resulting in the loss of an estimated $4,000.
While the structure was small, the list of visitors was way long as Bertha’s Tamales was a must stop for persons, local and international, traveling south. Years ago, News Five as well as CNN aired stories on the iconic tamales stand.