Fires hit store, vacant house-A A +A
Thursday, January 31, 2013
A TWO-level commercial building on C. Padilla St., Cebu City was damaged by fire early afternoon yesterday.
At 3:30 p.m. in Lapu-Lapu City, fire damaged a house in a subdivision in Barangay Pajac.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 valued the damage caused by the Cebu City fire at P60,000.
The blaze began on the ground floor of the building that housed Cebu K&J Marketing, which reportedly sells rice and plastic products.
The BFP, which received the alarm at 1:58 p.m., said the blaze was under control after five minutes. No one was hurt in the incident.
BFP 7 fire investigator Emiliano Daño said the building, located at the back of the San Nicolas Parish Church, is owned by Harold Go.
The BFP 7 is still investigating the case but Daño said electrical misuse is a possible cause of the fire.
All BFP 7 fire trucks responded to the incident but according to Daño, other fire trucks were asked to return since the fire was put out shortly.
The San Nicolas fire sub-station team was the first to arrive.
“There were no difficulties since the road is wide and the nearest fire sub-station was just around the corner,” said Daño.
Lapu-Lapu City fire investigator Atilano Berido Jr., on the other hand, said a plugged television set that overheated was likely cause of the fire that damaged the second floor of Cora Quire’s house.
The blaze was put out at 4:30 p.m. SFO1 Berido estimated the cost of damage at P50,000.
Berido said nobody was home when the fire struck the two-storey house.
He said the owner of the house, who is in Japan, left the property in the care of her brother.
Berido said a “For Sale” sign bearing a contact number was posted in front of the house.
They called the cellphone number but no one answered. When they called for the second time, the number could no longer be reached.
Aileen Gordo, president of the Villa Marina homeowner’s association, said Quire’s brother was seldom seen in the house.
Berido said all electrical appliances should be unplugged when leaving a house to avoid fire.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 31, 2013.