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Three fires in one week have left families across San Pedro Town without homes and belongings. The first occurred in San Pedrito on Monday, June 19th, with a second fire within the DFC area on Thursday, June 22nd. The third blaze was reported in San Mateo on Saturday, June 24th. Local organizations have helped the fire victims, but more assistance is needed. The fire victims in San Pedrito can be assisted by calling 629-4176, while those from the second fire can contact Mirella Bacab at 628-9628 and 637-2247; or deposits can be made to her Atlantic Bank Account, Mirella Bacab, #211874774. Those affected in San Mateo can be assisted by contacting Leticia Chimilio at 639-0266.

No official reports have been issued while the San Pedro Fire Service investigates the incidents. The blaze engulfed a two-story wooden building in San Pedrito in the first incident. After some delay, the firefighters reached the area and extinguished the fire before it spread to other homes. The fire destroyed everything inside the household, and arson is suspected. Police detained one person for questioning, but he was later released. Some days after, in the afternoon, a residence went up in flames south of San Pedro Town within the DFC area. A wooden structure was quickly consumed before the firefighters could arrive. When police and the fire department reached the scene, the flames had destroyed the building. The firefighters could only fight the blaze and stop it from spreading. In San Mateo, a fire left a family of four without their home and belongings. The affected, identified as Bernardo Pastor, reportedly had left with his family for fishing when they were alerted about a fire in the area. They only knew it was their house once they arrived at the scene. A fire truck was already trying to contain the inferno. However, the plywood structure could not be saved.

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