More than two-thirds of Ramon's Village Resort in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize, went up in flames on the evening of Aug. 27.

There were no fatalities, although 33 of the resort's 61 thatched-roof cabana units were destroyed as were the Pineapples Restaurant, the Purple Parrot bar, the gift shop and other related facilities. The cause of the fire is not yet known. In addition to the fire department, local residents formed bucket brigades to help put out the flames.

A total of 22 guests were at the resort at the time of the fire. All were evacuated safely and relocated to other hotels and resorts in the area. The affected guests are being assisted by the Belize Ministry of Tourism.

Owner Richard Headrick assured staff and guests that Ramon's will be rebuilt, although there is no estimate at this time regarding any reopening date. Guests with existing reservations should call (800) 624-4215 or email [email protected].  

A message from Ramon Nunez, general manager, on the resort's website, said that the Ramon's Village Divers operation is still operational and will continue to offer dive trips with its fleet of six dive boats. 

The iconic beachfront resort, one of the oldest on the island, opened in 1982. Ramon's completed major renovations in 2012.

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