4:30am. February 25.
A fire at Exotic Caye Resort on Ambergris Caye is now under control. Reportedly starting around 2:30am at the southwest corner (farthest from Crazy Canuck’s Bar) and on the street, the fire evacuated the hotel as well as neighbors at Corona Del Mar Resort.
Across the street, people helped wet the Pepperoni’s Pizza building.
After a few days of high winds, tonight, THANKFULLY, the breeze died down and is currently coming from the SE at about 3-5 miles an hour.
But by the time I arrived, at about 3:30am, the San Pedro fire department was on the scene and water was dousing the flames.
Three resort buildings have lost their thatch roofs completely and are burned out.
Crazy Canuck’s Bar remains untouched and though too dark to tell if the yoga room and Melt Cafe were damaged by smoke and water, both were untouched by the heavy flames.
Guests at Corona Del Mar Hotel (just south of Exotic Caye) have bags packed and are waiting for the “all-clear” before re-entering the building.
You can see how close Melt Cafe and above it, the Yoga Room, are to the buildings that are completely scorched. The relative lack of wind, its direction and the fact that the fire department’s first task on arrival was wetting this building down, saved it.
(Melt Cafe on the right hand side of the picture.)
And to the left…
The fire seems to have started in this laundry room towards the South West end of the property.
I spoke with the gentleman who was staying the the room above (the lower left room in this photo). He is with a larger group from Washington State.
Here is the room.
The building at the south end of Exotic Caye closed to the beach was saved as well.