Fire hits Centcom’s EOD office-A A +A
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
A FIRE hit a portion of the Central Command (Centcom) headquarters in Lahug, Cebu City last Sunday evening and destroyed properties worth P75,000.
The fire burned a military jeep and destroyed the camp’s explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) headquarters.
Placed at first alarm, the fire was tapped at 10:56 p.m. and was placed under control after a minute.
According to SFO2 Nilo Daculan of the Bureau of Fire and Protection 7, the damaged area was made of light materials.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. But fire investigators said they are looking at the electrical misuse angle.
Lt. Colonel Cristopher Tampus of the military’s Central Command said the fire will not affect Centcom’s operations.
He denied reports that important files were destroyed by the fire. He said the fire only damaged the EOD’s quarters that consisted of two beds.
“It was just an improvised building. And it’s far from the other buildings, that’s why the fire was easily controlled,” said Tampus.
Daculan said they did not encounter any difficulty in responding to the alarm.
All Cebu City fire trucks were sent to the scene, in addition to those of fire brigade volunteers.
No one was reported injured or killed in the fire.
City Fire Marshall Aderson Comar reminded the public to be always alert to prevent fire.
He said faulty electrical wiring is the most common cause of fire, and the public must be careful in using their appliances.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 19, 2012.