Crime — 24 June 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego

The home of a family of August Pine Ridge, Orange Walk District, was destroyed by a fire which is believed to have been deliberately caused, and police are searching for a resident of the same village in connection with the incident.

Elder Oliva, 27, told police that at about 7:00 Friday evening, he and his brother, Jairo Chi, 28, who lives with him, locked their house and went out.

On their return at about 11:00 that night, they saw a man, whom they knew, riding away on a bicycle from their house, and then saw that their house was engulfed in flames.

Neighbors responded quickly, and managed to put out the fire, but all the household furnishings were destroyed.

Police believe that it is a case of arson. The estimated loss to the family is said to be over $10,000.

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