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200 families in Dumalag, Sto. Nino homeless

Firefighters dose water to the fire that hit 132 houses in the coastal area of Purok 2, Punta Dumalag, Barangay Matina Aplaya, Talomo District, Thursday morning. Bing Gonzales

More than 200 families are now homeless after three fire incidents hit the city yesterday.

The first fire hit an urban poor community in Punta Dumalag, a coastal sitio in Barangay Matina Aplaya, Talomo District at 8:26 a.m.

Based on the investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire damaged 133 houses in Purok 2, affecting 159 families.

Senior Fire Oficer 3 Ramil Gillado, BFP’s regional chief investigation, said the fire started at the house of a certain Maricel Barcenas.

Because the house was made of light materials, the fire immediately spread to nearby houses.

Gillado said Junrey Lape, 30, suffered laceration due to a fallen glass shard on his left leg when he tried to assist the fire victims.

The fire was under control at 9:31 a.m. and declared fire out by 11:07 a.m.

An electrical arching was the cause of the fire that damaged around P1.3 million.

In Tugbok District, 70 houses were also razed in a relocation site in Barangay Sto Nino.

The fire, according to SFO2 Manoleto Compendio of Mintal Fire Station, started at the house of Banjie Fernandez in Purok 23, Talipapa at 1 p.m. yesterday.

An electrical short circuit was pointed as the cause of fire. The fire was declared out almost an hour later.

Around 3 p.m., another fire hit along the highway in Panacan. The fire damaged the structure of a canteen.

Last week, 150 houses were also razed by fire in Isla Verde, Barangay 23-C, Poblacion District, also a coastal community.


By Rhoda Grace B. Saron and Julianne A. Suarez

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