Three times in less than a month. The first time was on September 13, the second on September 18, and the third and last on Sunday. It seems that in Garachico, there are people who have taken fire and waste containers as toys and do not hesitate to burn them as if it were a heroic act despite the consequences that it may entail.
On the first and last occasion, the fire occurred in the containers located on Pérez Zamora street, at the back of the Telefónica building, and the last, on Avenida Marítima in front of Caletón.
“So far nothing has happened but there are vehicles nearby and buildings within the historic complex that have a lot of wood and this type of vandalism can have more tragic consequences. The container costs money and it must be replaced, but if the fire reaches the neighbors or the houses, the damage will be greater ”, declares the mayor, José Heriberto González.
The local police have already opened a line of investigation because similarities have been found in the three cases but until it is concluded, the results of the investigation will not be sent to the court. In parallel, the City Council is evaluating some measures that it will propose to the Government Sub-delegation, among which is the installation of surveillance cameras, for which it needs your authorization, although the City Council “has no lack of reasons” to implement them.
In any case, the president makes it clear that he will put all the means, both material and human, to end the ‘container burners’ that do so much to urban furniture and the image of the municipality in general.
“This type of act usually occurs in cities when there are demonstrations or large bottles and they are the result of vandalism, but in Garachico we never experience it and less so often and that speaks of a fairly clear intention, which does not rule out that they are the same people ”, González points out.
The mayor emphasizes that the residents of the Villa and Puerto take care of their municipality because they know that the heritage it houses is its greatest treasure, and therefore, “there is no room for actions like this.”
In his opinion, “people are outraged by these types of events because public furniture belongs to everyone and that neighbors pay with their taxes,” so he warns that the City Council will not “stop” until it finds those responsible and that they receive Its deserved.