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Deadly House Fire on Gibnut Street Claims Life of Phillip Cattouse

A well-known employee of Pou’s Meat Pie here in Belize City lost his life overnight when the building he was renting on Gibnut Street went up in flames.  The incident happened shortly before the blackout on Wednesday night.  Phillip Cattouse had just returned home and was talking to his landlady about lighting a candle inside […]

Belize Sends Condolences to Chile on Deadly Wildfires

The Government of Belize has sent a note of condolence to the Government of Chile on the loss of over a hundred persons in recent raging forest fires. The fires in the Valparaiso region have ravaged central Chile for several days and have claimed more than a hundred lives with more than three hundred persons […]

Family Loses Brother In Corozal House Fire

Tonight, one family is left to grieve the loss of their youngest brother after a fire claimed his life early this morning. Around three a.m., the Barahona family was awoken by a commotion outside of their homes. Forty-nine-year-old Omar Enrique Barahona’s residence was engulfed in flames and unfortunately, he was unable to escape. The victim’s […]

Fire Department No-shows in Gracie Rock Fire

A family of three is left without a home to call their own after losing everything in a house fire earlier this week. On Monday, around two-thirty p.m. in Gracie Rock Village, the Young family was socializing in their yard when they were alerted by a friend that their house was on fire. Sixty-four-year-old Carlton […]

The Determining Factor in the Eleventh-Hour Sugar Solution

The commercial agreement has been signed between the two parties that were at odds in the sugar belt and the rest is history, or is it? The determining factors at that eleventh hour agreement continued to be terminal charges and throughput fees. But even though the documents have been signed for the two-year agreement, an […]

Family Loses Everything In Fire Just Weeks Into The New Year

A family of three is left without a dollar to their name after a fire wreaked havoc on their home this morning in Gardenia village.  Mother of two, Darlene Dawson was carrying out her normal morning routine when her three-year-old son alerted her of a fire inside the house. The two managed to escape with […]

Fire Destroys House on Christmas Day, Owner Believes Its Arson

A fire consumed a house on Christmas Day in Belize City. It happened in the Belama Phase Four area while the owner of the house, Marvin Estrada, is out of the country. Estrada says that residents of the area saw a man fleeing the scene minutes after the fire erupted. Hipolito Novelo reports.   Hipolito […]

Freak Accident Victim Recovering

Julio Zetina, the Corozal Town resident, who fell from a crane earlier this week, remains hospitalized in Belize City. He underwent foot surgery on Tuesday and is on his way to making a full recovery. Zetina, along with this co-worker Germaine Rivera, was in a crane basket fixing a lamppost at Princess Vegas Hotel at […]

Man Dies Following Fall from Crane

A young father from the Corozal District died following a freak accident on Monday afternoon at the Belize/Mexico Border. Twenty-five-year-old Germain Rivera and his co-worker Julio Zetina fell from a crane while working at Princess Vegas Casino. Rivera died at the scene and Zetina is currently at a private hospital in Belize City. This latest […]

Fire Destroys House in Corozal Days Before Christmas

A family in Corozal lost everything to a house fire on Sunday morning. The fire was caused by a malfunctioning fan in one of the bedrooms. Despite the family’s attempts to contain the situation, the flames quickly spread and the house was consumed by fire. Today, Normita Centeno and her family are picking up the […]

House Gutted By Fire; Elderly Man Found Dead Inside

The family of eighty-two-year-old William Watts is having a hard time tonight, processing two tragedies. The upper flat of his house burned down early this morning and he was found dead inside. Fire officials were called before four this morning to the location at corner Zericote and Banak streets and managed to prevent the fire […]

Belize City Fire Victim Needs Your Help

A fire engulfed two wooden structures near Arlington Drive in Belize City on Friday morning.  The fire completely destroyed the two buildings; one was a two bedroom house belonging to thirty-nine-year-old Marlon Usher. Usher had already left for work when the fire broke out. Ever since the incident, Usher has been trying to get back […]

250-year-old Succotz Tree Felled; Residents are Up in Arms

Residents of Succotz took to the George Price Highway on Monday night where a bonfire was lit following the cutting down of a Monkey Apple Tree over the extended weekend.  The iconic Succotz Tree was said to be two hundred and fifty years old and was a landmark in that western community and was mistakenly […]

B.E.L. Apologizes for Felling Centuries-old Succotz Tree

News Five spoke with B.E.L.’s general manager, Dawn Sampson-Nunez following the meeting today and she expressed regret on the part of the company in the wake of the incident.  She also says that B.E.L. will be meeting with residents of Succotz in the days ahead to see how all parties can work together going forward. […]

Fire Destroys Two Structures in Belize City

There was a fire in Belize City this morning that completely destroyed a pair of wooden structures in the vicinity of Arlington Drive.  One of the structures was the home of Marlon Usher, a construction worker who had already left for work when the structures went up in flames.  News Five spoke with Usher’s mother […]

Fire Official Says They Faced Several Challenges in Fighting Caye Caulker Fire

The fire in Caye Caulker last Friday completely gutted two buildings and for a moment, posed a huge threat to others in close proximity. So what could have been another fire extinguished by a crew that experienced no obstacles, ended up being a challenge for the fire fighters. The fire brought to the fore several […]

Faulty Battery Back-up System Caused Belargo Fire

As we reported last Thursday, there was a fire that afternoon at Belargo Enterprise, a gift and paint shop located in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City. Today, Station Officer with the Belize Fire Service, Kenneth Mortis told the media that, unlike the reports, they responded within a decent time frame and the cause […]

Two Families Displaced by Fire In Caye Caulker

A fire in Caye Caulker Village this morning interrupted the flow of traffic and temporarily displaced the members of the Belize Police Department who are stationed out there. The blaze, which started at a house next to the police station, spread rapidly with the aid of gusty winds shortly before nine this morning. Two families […]

Former PM Barrow Condemns Israel’s Actions in Middle East

Former Prime Minister Dean Barrow has joined other past foreign ministers in condemning the actions of Israel in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.  Following the deadly attack on Israel on October seventh, there has been a sustained bombing campaign and ground offensive carried out by the Israeli Defense Force against Hamas fighters, as […]

Body of Coast Guard Sailor Arrives at K.H.M.H; Family Distraught

On Wednesday, we brought you the terrible news of the loss of a Coast Guard seaman who was returning to base after completing three weeks of operational duties offshore Ambergris Caye. The sailor, Kiman Garcia was one of two Coast Guard members who fell into the sea when the boat captain lost control of the […]

Fire at BELARGO Enterprise in Buttonwood Bay

There was a fire this afternoon at Belargo Enterprise, a gift shop in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City. An employee of the business told us that she heard a popping sound and they tried to reach the Belize Electricity Limited, but only got through to an automated recording instead of someone who could […]

Coast Guard Member Loses Life Tragically At Sea

A Coast Guard member lost his life at sea today – the first fatal incident involving a sailor on the open waters since the Belize Coast Guard was commissioned into service back in 2005. The sailor, twenty-four-year-old Kiman Garcia, was part of a sea patrol that was wrapping up an operation in the Bacalar Chico […]

Coast Guard Conducting Investigation into Fatal Accident at Sea

Even though first information is that Garcia lost his life by accident, Coast Guard Commandant, Rear Admiral Elton Bennett says that separate investigations will be carried out by the police, the coast guard, and the Belize Port Authority to determine how exactly the accident happened. Seaman Garcia is described as very energetic and enthusiastic about […]

State of Recovery: Hurricane Lisa One Year Later

It’s been exactly one year since Hurricane Lisa battered Belize, leaving behind hundreds of millions of dollars in structural damage and economic losses. It was a category one hurricane that even to date, and despite all efforts by government to rebuild, the country has not been able to fully recover. Tonight, News Five’s Duane Moody […]

Belizean Student Shares Earthquake Experience in Jamaica

While Belize is monitoring a possible tropical depression that can form in the eastern Caribbean Sea in the days ahead, Jamaicans are recovering from an earthquake that shook the island nation this morning.  The epicenter of the seismic activity that measured five point six on the Richter scale was located roughly ten kilometers south of […]