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Home of former mayor catches on fire in latest Cap-Haitien blaze

CAP-HAITIEN — A Colonial-era building that a former mayor called home caught on fire May 25, leaving the ex-official and several businesses displaced. 

No deaths or injuries were reported at the afternoon fire on Street 16 D-E in Cap-Haitien, and firefighters were still at the scene to extinguish the fire.

Former Cap-Haitien Mayor Michel Saint-Croix lived on the second floor of the two-story building and the fire started from his home, witnesses said. It later spread in businesses such as a beauty salon, a customs service office and In God We Trust Multi-Service.

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Residents look up at a Colonial-era building on fire in Cap-Haitien on May 25, 2022. Photo by Oldjy Francois for The Haitian Times
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Firefighters spraying water at the fire. Photo by Oldjy Francois for The Haitian Times

This fire is the latest in a spree of blazes Cap-Haitien has seen. More than 10 structures caught on fire since December of last year, Deputy Mayor Patrick Almonor told The Haitian Times.

Saint-Croix was the mayor of Cap-Haitien in the late 2000s and 2010s.

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Onz Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and ESNY before joining The Haitian Times.

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