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Suspected arson at Mike’s Club #436494
04/25/12 08:27 AM
04/25/12 08:27 AM
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Mike's Club

Mike’s Club at 17 Regent Street West has been around for a number of decades, and in one night, it could have gone down with the scratching of one match stick. But while someone attempted to do so, it didn’t. [VO starts here.] At around ten on Monday night, the club’s bartender, fifty-four year old Glenford Diamond closed the business and retired for the night. But about an hour later, flames were observed emanating from the front portion of the building. Diamond told police that he went to feed his cat and upon exiting the club, he saw two men emptying the contents of bottles they held onto the front portion of the building. Diamond then saw one of the men light a match and start a blaze before ordering him to return inside and motioned to his pants waist as if reaching for a weapon. Diamond complied and slipped inside and alerted the police. The fire was addressed before it could cause any real damage and aside from a scorched front portion of the building, nothing else was burnt and business was back to normal when we visited the establishment today. So far, police have not made any arrests.


Re: Suspected arson at Mike’s Club [Re: Marty] #436503
04/25/12 08:43 AM
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Attempted Arson At Legendary Good Time Club, Mike's

On Friday 19 year old Orlando Reyes known as "Bam" died at the entrance to Mike's club after being shot on Orange Street and tonight this legendary Belize City good time spot is making bad news again after an attempted arson last night.

At around 10, 54 year old Glenford Diamond - who is the bartender at Mike's club, went to feed his cat and saw two men going up the stairs of the wooden building - one with a gallon in his hand and the other with a sprite bottle in his hand. Both men were sprinkling the contents of the containers unto the building. One of the men then lit a match and threw it at the building causing the front portion of the building to catch fire.

The men then ordered Diamond to go back into the building while one of them reached for his pants waist as it he had a weapon. Fire officials were called shortly after and responded quickly where they managed to put out the fire. Here's their side of the story:..

Benisford Matura, Operations Officer - BNFS
"Last night we got a call at our watch room at approximately 10:06pm at both fire stations. We went to the location and found approximately two spot fires on the exterior walls of the club. We got into operation and extinguish it quite a few minutes. There were no major damages to the building."

Monica Bodden
"At this time you guys know what was the cause of that?"

Benisford Matura, Operations Officer - BNFS
"Right now it is under investigation."

So far police have no suspect in last night's fire and are still investigating.

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2 men tried to set Mike’s Club ablaze

On Monday night, there was an arson attempt at Mike’s Club on Regent Street West. The bartender, fifty-four year old Glenford Diamond was working at around ten o’clock and went outside to feed his cat when he saw two men; one going up the stairs with a gallon and the other with a soft drink bottle. The men threw gas on the building and then set it on fire. They then ordered Diamond to go back inside and one of them motioned toward his pants as if to draw a weapon. Diamond complied out of fear and immediately called the police. Luckily, the fire was quickly contained and the wooden building was saved. One wall was significantly damaged while other areas were scorched, but today Mike’s was opened for business as usual. There’s no known motive for the fire, but the club was where twenty year old Orlando Reyes collapsed and died after being shot at the corner of Orange and West Streets on Friday.

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