Caye Caulker Community Shows Resilience and Community Spirit During Friday Morning Fire

by Khaila Gentle

The island of Caye Caulker endured a heartbreaking loss on the morning of November 10th, when several buildings, including two beloved businesses, went up in flames.  Despite the tremendous loss, however, it was the community spirit of the island residents and tourists that left an indelible mark in the hearts of many. As Caye Caulker locals and frequent visitors bid farewell to one of their favorite watering holes – Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill – and one of their cherished restaurants – La Cubana – here’s how you can help the recovery efforts.

Caye Caulker Bids Farewell to Barrier Reef Sports Bar & La Cubana

Photo Credit: Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill, Caye Caulker

Known for live music, good eats, and a lively atmosphere, Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill on Caye Caulker has been a constant favorite of island residents and visitors alike. It stood side by side with the popular Cuban eatery La Cubana. Today, however, the island is mourning the loss of both establishments after they, along with the homes above them, were devastated by fire on the morning of November 10th. The fire also led to the displacement of nine people, according to the Caye Caulker Village Council.

Photo Credit: Seleny Villanueva Pott

Amidst the chaos of the blaze, the island community banded together and formed a bucket brigade while waiting for the arrival of fire trucks. It was a heartwarming display of togetherness that has since captured the attention of many across the country.

And it’s thanks to that community togetherness that while two buildings were lost in the blaze, at least one was saved, and there was no reported loss of life.

How to Help

The Caye Caulker Village Council held a clothing drive on Saturday, November 11 to assist those who lost their home in the fire. Those wishing to assist can still do so, however, by contacting the village council and following their social media page for updates on other ways to help out.

Additionally, those wishing to help Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill rebuild can do so by supporting their recently launched GoFundMe. 

Since the fire, the Caye Caulker community and the Village Council have been hard at work with recovery. The Council says that it has already begun to discuss how to aid those affected as well as improve the National Fire Service

Featured: Caye Caulker’s bucket brigade. Photo courtesy of Go Slow Caye Caulker

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