Headline — 12 November 2016 — by Albert J. Ciego
Ian Sambula, 4, succumbs to burns suffered in Aloe Vera Street fire

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Nov. 10, 2016–Exactly one month and five days after Aaron Gabourel, 11, was burnt to death in a fire on Aloe Vera Street, his cousin, Ian Sambula, 4, succumbed to injuries suffered in the same fire.

The fire was started on October 4 after an individual whom members of the family have described as a fair-skinned red-haired arsonist, reportedly stormed into the Hamilton’s family home armed with a bottle of gasoline, with which he doused the house and set it ablaze.

The arsonist then reportedly fled the scene in a boat, never to be seen again.

Sambula and his older sister, who both suffered burns to 95% of their bodies, were both airlifted to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Galveston, Texas, where they were receiving treatment free of cost.

However, while in surgery last night, Sambula died.

According to relatives, Sambula’s condition began deteriorating hours before his death. His kidneys reportedly failed, his stomach was swelling rapidly and he was having difficulty, passing stool.

The Hamilton family is reportedly enraged, even more so since police have not made any arrests and they are yet to rule the fire an act of arson.

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