Fire rages through the island of Guanaja in Honduras, destroying over 200 homes and businesses. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
The fire broke just before dawn and had hundreds of residents fleeing the island, just off the north coast of Honduras. Footage from social media so residents struggling to put out the flames with buckets of water. Guanaja does not have a firefighting service. Hours later the Honduran Air Force dropped water on the island to stop the flames.
Consider donating to the island’s gofundme page.
Clouds of smoke from the island via social media and Reuters.
“We can confirm that we have no losses, but vast material loss,” said the minister of the National System for Risk Management and Nation Contingencies (SINAGER) agency, Max Gonzales. Four people were injured, and over 200 homes and businesses have been destroyed.
Diventures relationship with the island is far deeper than just a place to take a holiday. For years Diventures has completely rented out the villa on Dunbar rock for their scuba diving travels. Many of the people who live in Guanaja work at the villa. The Caribbean resort island is dependent on tourism. The groups that travel with Diventures and its employees have come to think of the workers in Guanaja as part of an extended family.
“Many members of our Dunbar Rock family have lost everything. We’ve learned that Reba, Deibi, Papaya, Adela, Sherrel, Norma, Denilson, and Doss have all lost their homes as a result of this tragedy. Our hearts are broken for these members of our extended Diventures family,” said Dean Hollis, founder of Diventures.
Mark Walker, from Dunbar Rock, has started a gofundme to help provide for the group as they work through next steps and move forward. Diventures is asking everyone to consider making a donation.
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