FIRE IN CAYE CAULKER DESTROYS FOUR BUILDINGS
November 24, 2009
Four buildings were completely destroyed and two partially damaged in a fire this morning in Caye Caulker.
Sergeant Leslie Wade, Head of Caye Caulker Sub Formation
“At about 2:15 acting upon information from a concerned citizen of Caye Caulker, Police visited the Beachfront Costa Maya beach cabanas where several structures were seen engulfed in fire. As a result Police along with the citizens acted together, we worked hand in hand with bucket parade and through the assistance of a small pump that was loaned to us by one of Caye Caulker’s locals and we managed at around 4:15 a.m. to put out the fire. Assistance was also being rendered through San Pedro Fire Service and also the fire service here in Caye Caulker.”
The buildings completely destroyed were one bungalow structure belonging to Ocean Park hotel owned by Efrain Novelo, a residential two storey newly constructed building belonging to Yearwood Carrie and two wooden two storey buildings belonging to Costa Maya Beach Resort owned by Desidoro Rosado. Rudy Rosado the sister of the owner of Maya Beach Resort spoke to Love News.
Rudy Rosado, sister of fire victim
“We got the call from early this morning about minutes to one and when I arrived at the scene of the fire, I saw the pump was just arriving. We made calls over and over; they were nowhere to be found. They arrived and at this point five houses were already engulfed in flames. The fire pump could not even start; we did not get any help from the fire department. We got a pump from a person by the name of Dozie, he came and started his small little pump and started releasing water. By this time our neighbours were already helping us, there were dozens of our neighbours helping us. While we were out here we could do nothing but watch because the pump was not in operation, none at all. The fire started about 12:30 minutes to one, the Fire Service responded about 1:30 to 2:00. When we called they were nowhere at the station, the phone was just ringing and ringing. We caught up with the truck at one of the fireman’s house. Nothing is insured, it is a total disaster for us. We are so mad at the Fire Department for not being able to assist us.”
The total estimated loss is between $700,000.00 to $900,000.00.