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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, April 15, 2016
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Fire damage hits P1.2M

A week after fire razed 41 houses in Barangay 36, Bacolod City, another one destroyed three houses, including that of the barangay captain, near the City Health Office at BBB-Galo streets in Barangay 20, Bacolod, at about 11:10 a.m. yesterday.

About P1.2 million in properties were turned into ashes by the fire that lasted for more than 30 minutes, the Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection reported.

Destroyed were two-storey houses made of concrete and of light materials owned by Barangay 20 captain Carlo Remo Barredo, Judy Alvaran, and Sonia Tan, Fire Officer 2 John Stewart Mondido, investigator of BFP, said.

City fire marshal Supt. Rodolfo Denaga, said that after 10 minutes of combating the fire, they raised its status to third alarm, and requested help from fire brigades of Murcia town and the cities of Talisay and Bago.

Volunteers from the Chamber and Amity fire brigades also rushed to the fire scene, Denaga said.

Judith Genit, 41, a barbeque vendor in front of the fire-affected area, said she saw the wall of the houses on fire. The firefighters arrived immediately but almost all parts of the second floors of the houses were already burned.

BFP initial investigation showed that the fire started at one of the rooms occupied by a certain “Mark” at the second floor of Tan's house, Denaga said.

The BFP is still investigating the cause of fire, Denaga said.

Although there were reportedly several live wires and the hydrant near the fire scene was unserviceable, Denaga said these did not hinder their fire fighting operations. They declared fire out at 11:57 a.m.

He said they requested the Central Negros Electric Cooperative to cut off the electricity current to be safe.

No one was hurt or killed in the fire, Denaga said.

Meanwhile, operation of the CHO was also temporarily suspended due to the fire and several of its employees and patients were evacuated.*SGG



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