Update: The San Pedro Sun reports this morning that more than 60 people are homeless, five homes and numerous smaller structures destroyed and two people were injured in last night’s raging fire in the Boca Del Rio section of San Pedro.
Adds the Sun: “The fire affected 66 people from 16 different families, including 32 minors below the age of 17. During the fire, two people received injuries; a male who sustained a broken hand after a house beam fell on him during the fire and a one-month old child who had difficulty breathing from the smoke and heat. They were both treated and released from the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro PolyClinic II.
“According to both San Pedro Police and the San Pedro Fire Department, their investigations continue to determine the cause of fire. The total estimated loss has not yet been calculated, but is expected to be above $2 million. None of the nine buildings were insured.”
Fire broke out around 8:30 tonight in the Boca Del Rio Area of San Pedro, Belize, just west of Laguna Drive on Bonefish, a dirt road bordered by the notorious Los Compadres bar and Lee’s Fast Food.
It is the worst fire on Ambergris Caye since August 27, 2013 when a huge fire leveled a large section of Ramon’s Village, the popular seaside resort in San Pedro.
This time the flames destroyed at least six homes.
At least several homes close to the canal and possibly an apartment building were consumed by flames as firemen poured on water and a citizen bucket brigade made up of at least 100 volunteers brought a steady stream of water to the fire.
The fire seemed mostly contained by 10 p.m., although far from extinguished.