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Cayman residents relive close call with deadly volcano eruption

An estimated 85 people are dead and some 200 others remain missing in Guatemala days after the Fuego Volcano erupted 25 miles southwest of Guatemala city.

One family living in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday (6 June) recalls their close call with the volcano.

Jono Firstbrook and Laura Buttigieg and their two-year-old daughter were set to hike a volcano near Fuego as the eruption began but opted to hike one a bit further away instead. 

 
They spoke with Z99s Jason Howard and Terri Bilewitch.

“We were on the other volcano right across the way but in the background you could see Fuego going off slowly all day,” Mr. Firstbrook. “It was a little more active than it normally is but no one really cared; it’s a normal thing for them here. And we didn’t really notice until we got home… and noticed the entire city was covered in ash.”  

They’re appealing to the Cayman Islands community to help. Click here for a Go Fund Me page the couple says will help. 

“It’s just so sad,” Ms. Buttigieg said. “People that we were probably, maybe walking with or buying water from up there our walking sticks — they probably went home that day and their whole family is gone.” 

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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