Toril fire razes P2.5-M stock room

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

AN ESTIMATED P2.5-million worth of property were razed to the ground after the stock room of a banana plantation in Purok 2, Tibuloy, Toril, Davao City was engulfed in flames on Wednesday.

Report of the Toril police revealed that the fire broke out at the stock room of the Sumifru Banana Plantation at 6:30 a.m.

Edmar Velasquez Bayote, a 37-year-old security guard detailed at the plantation, told police that the fire started at the stock room of the plantation.


Police Officer 3 (PO3) Barney Batuto of Toril police then conducted an investigation on the stock room and found out that the room was made of light material while assorted chemicals used for banana spraying were also stashed inside.

Further investigation revealed that an employee identified as Glenn Oganla Lawangon, 31, who hails from the same barangay has witnessed an odd chemical reaction upon trying to get chlorine from the building.

Lawangon told police that the chemicals were producing sparks when it made contact on solid objects. Two other employees identified as Ronnie Paragsa and Marrisa Daniosa affirmed the testimony of Lawangon claiming that they have seen the sparks produced by the chemicals as well.

Senior Fire Officer 2 (SFO2) Maxiano Campaña Jr., meanwhile, said the initial cause of fire was due to the improper handling of chemicals.

No casualty was reported in the incident.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 20, 2014.

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