Fires hit 26 houses, leavingan octogenarian dead and twoother persons injured in Bacolod City, yesterday, the 7th day of the Fire Prevention Month.
Edison Hojilla, 80, died, while his wife Evelyn, 73, who suffered difficulty of breathing, was brought to the hospital, city fire marshal Chief Insp. Publio Ploteña, of the Bacolod Bureau of Fire Protection said.
The house of the Hojilla was one of the four houses razed by fire behind the Jade Court 2 in Purok Hollow Blocks, Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod, at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday.
The older Hojilla reportedly went back unnoticed to their burning house, Ploteña said.
The fire started at the house of the Hojillas and spread to the nearby houses of Jerson Hojilla, Erlinda Aguilar, and Rita Aguilar,thatwere mostly made of light materials, Ploteña said.
About P80,000 worth of properties were destroyed by fire that reached second alarm status. It was put out at about 1:05 a.m. yesterday.
Initial investigation showed that unattended live embers caused the fire, Ploteña said.
The older Hojilla usually heated water using charcoal in a “kalan”or an earthen stove before sleeping so he could prepare coffee when he wakes up at 4 to 5 a.m., Ploteña said.
Meanwhile, fire destroyed 18 houses and damaged four more in Purok Santo Niño, Barangay Sum-ag in Bacolod, at about 1:20 p.m. yesterday.
Chriznhor Marie Pintor, 28, suffered a minor laceration wound on her left palm, Ploteña said.
The fire started at the north portion of the second floor of the house owned by Erwillo Daniel Oñate and spread to 21 other houses, Ploteña said.
The cause of fire was still being investigated, but initially, arson investigators found a melted electrical wire that probably triggered a short circuit, Ploteña said.
The fire that reached third alarm status, was put out at about 2:05 p.m. yesterday. It destroyed about P150,000 worth of properties, he said.
Fire trucks from thenearby towns of Valladolid and Murcia, and Bago City, as well as the fire brigades of Amity and Chamber responded to the Sum-ag fire.*SGG
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Services and Development in Bacolod City has provided food assistance to the fire victims of Brgy. Singcang-Airport yesterday.
DSSD head Pacita Tero yesterday said they provided rice and canned goods to the fire victims as preliminary assistance.
The fire victims were asked to sign requests for the release of their financial assistance after submitting a fire report from the Bureau of Fire Protection and other requirements, she said.
Tero said four families were affected with one casualty.
Those whose houses were destroyed will receive P10,000 in financial assistance from the city, she said.*CGS
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