More than 200 homes and businesses were destroyed in a blaze on Saturday on a popular Caribbean resort island of Honduras after fire officials’ slow response to the flames.
Photos of the fire posted on social media showed groups of seaside properties engulfed in flames before falling into the water around T Guanaja, which does not have a fire service.
The residents were forced to douse the fire with buckets of water.
Max Gonzales, Minister of the National System for Risk Management and National Contingencies, said: “We can confirm that we have not suffered any human losses, but have suffered enormous material losses.”
Helicopters were eventually deployed by the Honduran Air Force to douse the fire, destroying 90 homes and damaging 120 more, Gonzalez said.
According to reports, four people were injured in the fire, but no one died.
Guanaja is one of the country’s three picturesque Islas de la Bahia, or Gulf Islands, famous for its dolphins and large coral reefs popular with snorkelers and divers.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Caribbean