Tonight the Catholic church in Copey, Costa Rica burned to the ground. Jim and I were sleeping when we started hearing panicked voices, screeching tires and shouts. For once I am very thankful that the walls here are paper thin.
I got up to see what
was going on, thinking it might be a drunken fight spilling over from
the local bar, the Kamakiri. We've been warned to stay away from the
town's sole bar because of the occasional drunken fisticuffs. But the
church was on fire, the church right across the street from our host
This is what I saw when I got up.
It's over now. Took 30 minutes for the fire department to get here and there wasn't much they could do besides wet down the roofs of nearby buildings, like the high school and our house.