Homeowner loses house to fire

The home of 57 year old Robert Austin Tracey at Hibiscus Street in the Lake Independence area burned down by fire over the weekend. But the homeowner, whose son Robert Austin Jr. was shot dead near downtown Belize City in December, believes it was deliberate. He explains why.

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” Something like that, but according to what I hear the “PoPo”(Police) has a little boy held for it.”

Reporter

“So you’re saying that it definitely burnt down your house, this wasn’t any accident or any electrical problem.”
Robert Tracey

“Nope, no current is here and I don’t live with candle, I live without light. I live with only the moonlight and the sunlight. You get me?”
Reporter

“How old are you?”
Robert Tracey

57″

 

Reporter

“How does this leave you? You’re practically homeless”

 

Robert Tracey

“I’m homeless now!”
Reporter

“Do you have any family members? Your sister maybe you can go and stay with, what’s next for you?”

 

Robert Tracey

” My sister lives way at Chicago.”
Reporter

“How about the one on Farbers Road?”
Robert Tracey

 “She’ll help me too, no problem.”

 Tracey, who lived alone, says he was with relatives at the time and had come to rest only to find that the residence he had since 1981 was no more. The father of five, three girls and two boys, now says he has to stay with relatives elsewhere.This afternoon police said they believed the incident may have been arson and are investigating.

 Superintendent Hilberto Romero – Officer In Charge of CIB vlcsnap-2015-04-08-11h11m17s253

 “Again I know that they are saying that there was no electricity or no at the house at the time the occupant had left the house earlier and then they returned and found the house on fire. Again that is being followed up at this time.”
Reporter

Is arson suspected?”
Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“Yeah we suspect arson and we are following up on that.”
Reporter

“No one has been detained?”

Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“No one has been detained so far.”
Reporter

”So that house was rented?”
Superintendent Hilberto Romero

”No there is an owner of the house.”
Reporter

 “So it’s a female, what’s her name?”
Superintendent Hilberto Romero

“I don’t have the name.”

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