fire Dark smoke billows out from the fire in Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago in Bacolod City, yesterday*( Marissa Lim Celis photo)

Fire hits 180 houses,
leaves 748 homeless

Hundreds of residents running and trying to save their belongings, fire trucks rushing to the scene and children crying, could be seen after fire broke out in Purok Riverside, Barangay Banago in Bacolod City, at about 8:18 a.m. yesterday, ironically, the start of Fire Prevention Month.

Dark smoke billowed from the area in the fire that left homeless 748 individuals, or 187 families, including sharers and renters.

As of 8 p.m. last night, records of the Department of Social Services and Development, showed that 158 houses were destroyed and 22 were damaged, DSSD head Pacita Tero, told the DAILY STAR.moremoremore

Help urged for victims

Bacolod Social Services and Development head Pacita Tero yesterday appealed for assistance for residents of Purok Riverside, Brgy. Banago, Bacolod City, who were left homeless when fire broke out at about 8:18 a.m. yesterday in the area.

Tero said that they are conducting interviews with the affected residents and have to secure certifications from the Bureau of Fire before the city can process their financial assistance.

About 187 families were left homeless after the fire razed 158 houses and left 22 damaged.moremoremore


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