There is a strange case of suspected arson in Libertad Village to report tonight. On Sunday evening, a small thatch house measuring about 8 feet by 10 feet in size, went ablaze and was completely destroyed.
The house belonged to Cirilo Gomez, a seenager living in the community for over 15 years. Gomez was battling severe illness and passed away while being transported to the Corozal Community Hospital on Saturday. He had just been buried on Sunday afternoon, when a few hours later his house caught fire.
Gomez was in his 70s and lived alone, we are told. He had no relatives in the community. His house was sitting on land privately owned, but he resided there with the permission of the land-owner.
So who would target Gomes’ house for destruction? Well, that’s the question everyone is asking, including the neighbors who cared for Gomez and now the Corozal Fire Department. When Fire officials visited the scene this morning to commence their investigations, the first thing they noticed was that the house had no electrical source, so they are ruling that the cause was electrical.
According to the neighbors, Gomez was of Mexican nationality but having moved to Belize in the 80s, he eventually settled in Libertad Village and made it his home.