Hundreds flee as fire ravages Honduras island of Guanaja | News

People are fleeing by boat after a massive fire destroys homes and businesses on the Caribbean island.

A massive fire has destroyed or damaged dozens of homes and businesses on the Honduran island of Guanaja, forcing hundreds of residents to flee for their safety.

Dramatic video footage shared on social media on Saturday showed rows of seaside houses going up in flames and wooden houses collapsing on the Caribbean island about 70 kilometers (44 miles) off the north coast of Honduras.

At least 400 people fled the island by boat to save themselves from the fire, the news website El Heraldo reported, as the Honduran Air Force dropped water on the island to extinguish the flames.

Footage taken after the inferno was brought under control showed dozens of concrete houses without roofs and windows.

“We can confirm that we don’t have human losses, but huge material losses,” said Max Gonzales, secretary of the National System for Risk Management and National Contingencies Agency.

Four people were injured in the fire, which destroyed 90 homes and damaged another 120, including some used as businesses, Gonzales said.

The fire broke out before dawn and residents struggled to get the blaze under control because the island does not have a fire brigade.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

“Right now we need help with everything – food, water and oxygen tanks,” said Mireya Guillen, the island’s deputy mayor.

Guanaja is one of the country’s three picturesque Bay Islands, where snorkelers and divers come to see dolphins and a large coral reef.

The 6,000 inhabitants live mainly from tourism.


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