Exotic Caye Fire .... Under control - 02/25/15 10:03 AM
At approximately 2AM this morning, Wednesday February 24th it is believed that a fire started in the laundry room of Exotic Caye Resort, located just south of San Pedro Town. The fire spread to three other buildings before it could be contained at approximately 4:15AM. All guests were evacuated and there were no injuries. The San Pedro Fire Dept were on the scene in good time and the winds were in their favor. The Sun will have a complete story later today.
Early Morning Fire at Exotic Caye Resort in San Pedro
A fire at Exotic Caye Resort on Ambergris Caye is now under control. Reportedly starting around 2:30am at the southwest corner (farthest from Crazy Canuck’s Bar) and on the street, the fire evacuated the hotel as well as neighbors at Corona Del Mar Resort. Across the street, people helped wet the Pepperoni’s Pizza building. After a few days of high winds, tonight, THANKFULLY, the breeze died down and is currently coming from the SE at about 3-5 miles an hour. Early pictures (by Le Roi Hyde) show a large fire at the traditional wood and thatch resort.
Just wanted to keep everyone updated. The resort did catch on fire early this morning (these taken at 3:30am). Everyone is safe. Three buildings towards the south side are destroyed but the bar is okay.
We will be open for normal business hours today.
Stay safe everyone!
Crazy Canucks Beach Bar
Security personnel of the resort were there the first to become aware of the fire around 2:30a.m. that started in a utility building located at the back end of the resort which housed the laundry room. Fire quickly spread from the laundry room onto an adjacent concrete structure with a thatch roof. Security of the resort indicated that the fire fighters arrived around 20 minutes after they called in about the fire, in which two other buildings had caught on fire as well.
By the time the fire was brought under control, the second stories of all three buildings had suffered extensive damage. Nine units of the resort were destroyed, all of which were occupied by guests; luckily all of them were able to evacuate safely. Management of Exotic Caye Beach Resort stated that their affected guests were all accommodated in nearby hotels. Some of them were able to salvage most of their belongings while others lost some items, including expensive electronics. The fire department states that the cause of the fire seems to be electrical; none of the buildings were insured.
Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the Ambergris Today
According to Manager of Exotic Caye Beach Resort, Romar Rodriguez, he was alerted about the fire by his security personnel. By the time he got to the resort, the fire had spread to the other structures. “I got there like 15 minutes after I got the call and when I got to the scene, I noticed the fire had already spread over to two buildings. Fire personnel were already on the scene fighting the fire,” recounted Rodriguez, who was still on the grounds assessing the damages.
With the help of volunteers from the community and police officers, the fire was brought under control around 4AM. “Three structures (and the laundry room) were destroyed, and each had four units. At the moment of the fire, the units were occupied by tourists. When the security guard saw the fire, he quickly notified our guests and they were able to leave the buildings with most of their belongings. They had enough time to evacuate the area,” stated Rodriguez. As such, no-one was hurt as a result of the fire.
While the total losses for the laundry room, the three buildings and its content, has not been ascertained at this time, Rodriguez said that it is beyond $600,000. Unfortunately none of the structures were insured.
Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun