A family in northern Ambergris Caye lost their home in an unprecedented fire that police are treating as arson. According to an October 24th report made by the owner, 39-year-old Carla Velasquez, the incident took place sometime between October 15th and October 18th, while she and her family were not in the house. They lost everything in the blaze, and even though they have been receiving assistance from the community, they now need help to rebuild their home.
In the official report made to San Pedro Police, Velasquez, along with her common-law husband Emir Recinos left home on the evening of Sunday, October 15th due to the torrential rains causing flooding in the area. A few days later, on Wednesday, October 18th, when her husband checked on the house located eight miles north of San Pedro Town, he found it destroyed by a fire.
Velasquez told The Sun that she believes it was deliberately set on fire since the house did not come with electricity. She added that there is no other explanation, as there is nothing else that could have caused the fire. She said that they have been able to find a place to stay for the time being, but they hope to start rebuilding her home soon.
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