Fire razes 60 houses in Bacolod

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ABOUT 60 houses were destroyed in a fire that hit Purok Magti-ayon, Barangay 10 in this city Monday morning, leaving an estimated damage of P1.5 million, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.

No one died in the incident, but 67-year-old Victoria Porsuelo sustained minor wounds in her back and left hand.

Chief Inspector Bartolome Beliran, city fire marshal, said they received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the incident around 8:40 a.m. Monday.


Several fire trucks were dispatched to the area, and the fire was put out around 10:45 a.m.

Fire hits Bacolod City
BACOLOD. A cloud of smoke billows from the early morning fire that hit rows of houses at Purok Magti-ayon, Barangay 10 in Bacolod City on Monday, February 17, 2014. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)

The blaze destroyed 50 to 60 houses after it spread throughout the 2,000 square-meter area. Most of the houses were made of light materials.

Beliran said the exact number of destroyed houses is not yet available as of this posting early Tuesday, because they still need to coordinate with the individual homeowners.

The investigators could not also determine yet where the fire started and what caused it.

But Beliran said they received information that the fire started inside a kitchen in one of the houses in the area.

Porsuelo confirmed this, saying she was alone inside her house when the fire started at the kitchen of her neighbor Susan de la Cruz.

She said she saw the fire raging behind their house, prompting her to go up the second floor to save her documents. When she was about to go down, she was hit by falling objects and was trapped, thus her injuries. She said she was saved by her neighbors.

The fire Monday was placed under general alarm status, which means all BFP units in the city responded, including the fire volunteer brigades.

Beliran admitted that firefighters had difficulty putting out the blaze immediately because the area is congested.

He reminded Bacolodnons to always check their appliances before leaving the house, make sure that there is unattended cooking, and replace any cracked or frayed electrical wires to avoid fire incidents.

Mayor Monico Puentevella, meanwhile, said the City Government will assist the victims by providing them food and temporary shelter. (Sun.Star Bacolod/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 18, 2014.

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