A midmorning blaze completely destroyed a few residences in the DFC area on Saturday, January 7, 2012, and left families homeless. Residents of the DFC area were battling to out the fire that quickly engulfed two buildings entirely.
Investigations have revealed that two minors were playing with a lighter in the two storey building when clothes caught on fire, which then quickly spread onto the rest of the house. The two storey building belonged to Lorena Montez, 24-year-old, Belizean domestic worker, who at the time of the fire was not at home and had left her children in the care of her mother, Rosa Perez.
The children were left unsupervised and reliable sources tell that the grandmother, Rosa Perez will be charged with criminal charges including child neglect and endangerment.
Official reports indicate that at about 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2012 a small two-storey plywood building with zinc roof located in the DFC Area as seen engulfed by fire. The fire quickly spread to the building adjacent to it and both buildings along with all contents were destroyed. A separate building next to the ones engulfed by fire made of plycem and zinc roofing was partially damaged. None of the three buildings were insured.