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Fire in August Pine Ridge

Fire in August Pine Ridge

Fire in August Pine Ridge

Monday, June 23, 2014. ORANGE WALK BUREAU Reporting: Police in Orange Walk are looking for a man after a fire in August Pine Ridge village gutted a house.

The fire on Friday night destroyed the house belonging to brothers Elder Oliva and Jairo Chi.

The brothers told police that they left home around 7 pm on Friday and by the time they arrived back home around 10:30 pm, they found their house on fire.

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August Pine Ride Fire

August Pine Ride Fire

With the assistance of villagers, they managed to extinguish the flames but not before the building was completely gutted and its contents destroyed.

Caretaker Porfirio Cruz says he was sleeping inside the house when he was awakened by the heat.

The house and contents are valued at $7,000.

Incidentally, the owners of the house told police that when they were returning home, the saw man riding away on their bicycle.

That man is now being sought by police for questioning.

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