Fire hits Labangon apartment-A A +A
Saturday, March 16, 2013
FIRE hit a three-door apartment on Tres de Abril St., Barangay Labangon, Cebu City, leaving P250,000 worth of property damaged last Thursday evening.
The third-alarm fire was received at 10:05 p.m. and was placed under control after five minutes.
The fire reportedly started in the apartment occupied by a Norma Gabor.
Raul Todiño, owner of the apartment, said that at 10 p.m., he heard three explosions in a neighboring apartment.
He said he turned off the circuit breaker of the apartment to be safe. But he heard another small explosion.
When he checked outside, he saw the apartment unit of Gabor already on fire. Gabor's apartment was destroyed while two other apartment units were damaged.
City Fire Marshall William Tacaldo said they didn't have difficulty arriving at the fire scene because the roads leading to it are wide.
He said the fire is still under investigation. No one was injured nor killed in the incident, he said.
Four hours earlier, a fire also hit a business establishment on M.J. Cuenco Ave. leaving P500,000 worth of properties destroyed.
BFP 7 received the alarm from Sitio Lower Lomar, MJ Cuenco Ave. in Barangay T. Padilla at 5:54 p.m. They placed it under control at 6:18 p.m.
The fire destroyed Unisports Tailoring on the building's second floor, and a surplus tire shop at the ground floor. The building was owned by a Endre Reyes.
Tacaldo said the fire reportedly started in the tailoring shop. It is still under investigation. Tacaldo said they had no problem reaching the area as it was along the highway.
But the black smoke from burning tires made it difficult for firemen to breathe, he said.
He said they used some breathing apparatus to penetrate the area.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 16, 2013.