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Shantytown Fire Leaves 150 Homeless

Hundreds of Haitian nationals in Abaco are homeless today after the shantytown they lived in burned to the ground early yesterday morning, destroying more than 50 homes in the process.

One hundred and fifty people were reportedly left homeless.

Police received the call shortly before 1:00 a.m. that a fire had erupted in the Sand Bank community.

Firefighters from Marsh Harbour Fire Volunteer Service and the Treasure Cay Crash and Fire Rescue were able to contain the blaze within two hours.

However, that was after the 50 homes had already been destroyed leaving residents standing in the streets.

No injuries or deaths have been reported.

A resident of Sand Bank told The Bahama Journal yesterday that the shantytown was an “eye sore” as it only breeds rodents.

She said, she wondered how such small wooden structures could be home to so many people.

Police have not said whether or not the fire was believed to have been caused by arson.

However, a 23-year-old man of Sand Bank is assisting them with their investigation.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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