On the 10th of January, four fires were reported in Punta Gorda, all suspected to be linked to one another, and all suspected to be arson. At about 1:25 a.m., a vehicle was set on fire at Cayetano Street in Punta Gorda. The red 2005 Chevy Colorado, 4- door pick up truck was seen with fire coming from the entire front area of the engine. The fire was contained by fire officials. The vehicle belonged to 39-year-old Merida Chan, of Punta Gorda who stated that sometime around 10:00 p.m. on the 9th of January, she and her boyfriend went to bed and made sure that the vehicle was secured in the yard. The next day she woke up with it engulfed in flames. One hour after that at 2:34 a.m., police responded to another fire, this time a house fire. 63-year-old Victor Caliz of Punta Gorda Town was at home with his wife and granddaughter when his grand-daughter woke him saying that she heard someone in the yard. He then got up and made checks when he noticed that his wicker bamboo chair which was on his veranda was set on fire. Police are looking for Kaleem Chun who they believe can assist in this investigation.
Approximately forty minutes after that, at about 3:15 a.m., a building at the intersection of Vernon and Front Street was engulfed in flames. The roof of restaurant and bar “GOMIER’S PLACE” was on fire. The restaurant was owned by 60-year-old Ignatius Longville, a Jamaican businessman who tells our colleagues at PGTV more. The value of the damages could not be ascertained. Immediately after fire officials contained that blaze, police noticed flames coming from a residence about 100 yards behind the restaurant. When they arrived at the spot where they saw flames, they saw a white 2012 Isuzu DMAX 4 door pickup truck completely engulfed in flames. The vehicle belonged to 54-year-old Elizabeth Kearns, an American artist of Vernon Street who told our colleagues at PGTV more. Police are investigating all of these fires as linked.