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Thursday, September 19, 2013
FIVE houses were gutted and two others were damaged in a fire that hit Purok 4 in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City last night.
The alarm was received at 6 p.m. and the fire was controlled at 6:23 p.m.
No one was reported hurt, but at least P100,000 worth of properties were damaged, according to fire officials’ estimate.
Based on the investigation of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) 7, the fire started in the two-story house owned by Daniel Kamo-kamo Sr.
A lady, Geraldine dela Cruz, was renting the house, but another tenant, Mary Ann Caballes, was occupying the ground floor.
Dela Cruz was cooking using charcoal and an improvised stove.
While cooking, dela Cruz went downstairs to get something and when she returned, the house was already on fire.
Maj. Conrad Dublois of the BFP 7 said the flames quickly spread because the house was made of light materials.
Dublois said they had difficulty reaching the fire scene because it is located in an interior portion of the barangay.
In a radio dyHp interview, he said he will suggest to the Cebu City Government to re-block Purok 4 and Purok 8 because of their narrow roads, making it hard for the fire trucks to enter the area when responding to alarms.
Yesterday, the fire fighters had to connect water hoses so these could reach the fire scene.
While responding to the fire, the fire truck of the Chinese Brigade Volunteer accidentally rear-ended a BFP fire truck, Engine 01, when the brakes of the Chinese brigade malfunctioned.
The rear portion of Engine 01 fire truck, driven by SFO2 Alenito Lumbab, was damaged.
Dublois said they will have to report the incident to the City Government, but said that what happened was an accident since both trucks were responding to an emergency.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 19, 2013.