Sometime around 11:00 last night, a raging fire left a San Pedro islander with nothing but the charred remains of his plywood home. He is iconic island personality "Coconut" Leo. According to him, he left his home early in the evening and on his way back he was alerted by the fire truck speeding past him and the smoke in the distance. By the time he got there, his home was completely destroyed. When we spoke to him today he insisted that someone with malicious intent might have been responsible for setting his house on fire.
Had it not been for the quick response of the fire department and neighbors who worked together to quell the fire, the fire would have extended to other wooden structures in the near vicinity.
Police say they have no information suggesting that it was an arson.
Coconut Leo is a well-known islander who performs stunts for tourists and the local kids with his acrobatic skills. Anyone wishing to assist him to get back on his feet can contact him at 634-8029.
Fire in San Pedrito Area Leaves Coconut Leo Homeless
A string of fires has been affecting the island of San Pedro. Over the weekend, another erupted on the island of San Pedro and left yet another person without a roof over his head. The homeowner is Leo Martinez, popularly known as Coconut Leo, is tonight homeless after a fire around ten-thirty p.m. on Sunday, consumed the small wooden structure in the San Pedrito area of the island. The house had no electricity and Martinez believes that it was deliberately set on fire. He, however, has not made an official report to police who say that they are following all leads into this suspected arson on the island.
Supt. Reymundo Reyes, Commander, Coastal Executive Unit
“Official report has not been made as yet to us, but police responded to the San Pedrito area sometime after eleven where a twelve by eight plywood structure which contained only a mattress and some clothing from Mister Leo Martinez, owner of the establishment, apparently was destroyed by fire. We are still awaiting for Mister Martinez to come in and give us an official report because preliminary he is mentioning that he suspects that somebody set the building on fire. But up to this moment, he has not visited the station for an official report to be recorded.”
Popular Island Figure Loses Home In Fire We all know and love him - Coconut Leo, most famously known on the island of Ambergris Caye for his Bob Marley interpretations and his awesome skills of tree climbing and getting down those delicious coconuts for tourists. Sadly, Coconut Leo lost his home on Sunday, July 8, 2018, in a blaze that totally destroyed the building located in the San Pedrito Area.
Coconut Leo lost everything in the fire and was not at home at the time of the incident. It is said that the fire began shortly after 11p.m., and neighbors and the fire department were quick in extinguishing the blaze before it spread to nearby homes. Police and Fire Department are currently investigating as to what caused the fire since the home was not electrically wired and there was no one at the house when the fire started.
Coconut Leo's house burns The San Pedro Police and Fire Department are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed 1 building and left another partially destroyed in the San Pedrito Area. Reports are that a wooden building caught fire sometime around 11PM on Sunday, July 8th. The building was home to islander Coconut Leo, who says he was not home at the time of the fire. He suspects that the fire was deliberately set, as his dwelling is without electricity.
Coconut Leo is grateful for the quick response from the Fire Department and the kind neighbors who quickly contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading.
Re: "Coconut" Leo Loses His Home
#531273 07/11/1806:19 AM07/11/1806:19 AM
In yesterday's news we told you about the fire that burnt down the house of a San Pedro resident commonly known as "Coconut" Leo. It occurred on Sunday night in the San Pedrito Area. The islander said he left his home to go and socialize with some friends and on his way back he found his house engulfed in flames. As we mentioned in yesterday's report, the islander insists that someone set his house on fire. Today the fire department responded to those claims and gave more details based on their preliminary investigation.
Orin Smith- Station Officer, Bz City Fire Department "On arrival at the scene, a 12 by 8 plywood structure that was elevated 3 feet above ground was on fire. A second plywood structure situated about 3 feet from the wooden structure, the west face was also on fire. Following a brief size up, the fire service went into operation, extinguishing the fire. As a result of the fire, the 12 by 8 structure was destroyed and the west face of the adjacent structure was damaged by fire. The fire originated at the center of the building; the cause is still under investigation."
Emanuel Pech - Reporter "Is there any suspicion of foul play involved in this incident?"
Orin Smith "At this time, no we do not suspect foul play. But nothing is ruled out until the investigation is concluded."
Although authorities don't suspect any foul play at this time, the cause of the fire remains unknown, as the house did not have any electricity. Some neighbors, however, suggested that the fire might have been caused by a live faulty electrical wire that hangs over the structure and feeds electricity to the adjacent building.
Coconut Leo’s house burns down in San Pedrito On Sunday, July 8th, another fire in San Pedro Town left an islander without a home. The fire victim is Leo Martinez, popularly known as Coconut Leo of the San Pedrito Area, who is admired on the island for his Bob Marley interpretations, acrobatic skills, and coconut tree climbing exhibitions. His house had no electricity and Martinez suspects arson, however, police have no information suggesting it was deliberately set on fire.
Coconut Leo lost everything in the fire, which reportedly started shortly after 11PM. Leo said he left home around 8PM and a few hours later he received a call that his house was burning. He indicated that there was nothing inside the house that could cause a fire and believes that someone is responsible. Coconut Leo said that he does not have enemies and cannot tell of anyone who would want to harm him.
Re: "Coconut" Leo Loses His Home
#531308 07/14/1806:35 AM07/14/1806:35 AM
Help Coconut Leo bounce back from the fire and get a new home
The San Pedro police and fire dept are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed one building and left another one partially destroyed in the San Pedrito area. Reports are that a wooden building caught fire sometime around 11pm on Sunday, July 8th. The building was home to islander Coconut Leo who says he was not home at the time of the fire. He suspects that the fire was deliberately set. Coconut Leo is grateful for the kind neighbors and fire department who quickly put out the blaze and prevented it from spreading.
Information courtesy of San Pedro Sun newspaper. The property is not owned by Leo, he has resided there for many years rent free. The owner plans to rebuild so Coconut Leo can come back. There are two houses on the property and the owner has housed many islanders in need throughout the years, and wishes to continue to help others.
Today his new window was cut out. Not a bad view he’s got. Thank you to everyone who has donated. Your help has been life changing for Leo And I know how grateful he is. We still have work to do, If anyone has some paint they would like to donate, we Could really jazz up his spot. Maybe red green and gold..... just kidding.