Shortly after 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday, September 26th, 2006, fire broke out at the Ambergris Aqua Culture Limited in North Ambergris Caye. The fire totally destroyed the upper flat of the shrimp factory where the dormitories were. The 24 x 80 concrete structure and its contents were all destroyed.
Oddly enough, the fire department was not called to the scene until the following day. General Manager of the shrimp factory, Fidel Ancona and several occupants of the residence were able to keep the fire under control as they were able to extinguish the blaze before it could spread to the lower flat.
Officer-in-Charge of the Fire Department, Jerome Garcia told The Sun, “We were called on scene on the 27th, and when we arrived we made our investigation as to the possible causes of the fire. We found out that a night light or bulb fell on one of the bunk beds’ mattress in which the heat ignited the flame.”
The estimated damage to the property is $85,000. Fortunately, the factory was insured with RFG Insurance Company. No one in this incident was hurt or injured.
The public is once again advised that the Fire Departments’ trained professionals are available 24 hours a day.