In Barangay Duljo-Fatima: Fire razes 70 homes

Rowena D. Capistrano, Iris Hazel Mascardo (The Freeman) – January 3, 2020 – 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  A day after the New Year, at least 70 houses were gutted down by a fire that broke out in Sitio C. Padul, Barangay Duljo-Fatima, Cebu City Thursday afternoon.

Fire Senior Inspector Arnel Abella, ground commander of the Cebu City Fire Department, said they received the fire alarm at 4:35 p.m., which was raised to second alarm at 4:44 p.m.

Five minutes after, or at 4:49, it was raised to third alarm and to fourth alarm at 5:09 p.m.

Firefighters were able to control the blaze at 5:55 p.m.

The fire was believed to have originated in the house of a certain Julieta Campaner, Abella said.

Investigation is still ongoing to determine the cause of fire.

Abella said a minor lost consciousness at the height of the incident and was rushed to the hospital. Reports of a missing person are still under validation.

Abella said that among the problems they encountered were the source of water supply due to the lack of fire hydrants nearby and the narrow roads leading to the fire scene.

He also said that the winds were also strong at that time and the affected houses were mostly made of light materials, which caused the fire to spread easily.

Damage was pegged at P150,000.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Harold Alcontin said they will ask the barangay to allow the displaced families to temporarily take shelter at the barangay gymnasium.

Authorities said the area was razed by fire before Christmas in 2018.  JMD (FREEMAN)



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