San Mateo fire may have been arson

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

On Saturday, May 16th at around 1:30pm, the San Pedro Fire department (SPFD) was alerted to a fire underway in San Mateo. Firefighters visited the residence of 48 year old Daisy Cacho and quickly had the fire under control. Cacho claims that her common law partner, Linsford Polonio, had purposely burned all her clothes and other belongings.San Mateo Fire-1 However, according to the firefighters, the fire was later disregarded as arson since it happened outside of the house and it was observed as a normal fire instead. According to the SPFD, in order to be considered arson, the fire needs to happen in an area where it does not belong, for example inside the house where it can cause damage. San Mateo Fire-2The San Pedro Police have arrested and charged Polonio with arson and common assault. Polonio will be remanded to the Belize Central Prison in the coming days.

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