Funeral home catches fire, destroys P300K in property

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

A FIRE erupted inside the warehouse of a funeral home in Nivel Hills, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City yesterday morning.

No one got injured, but the fire damaged at least P300,000 worth of properties.

SPO4 Jovito Abelgas, of the Cebu City Fire Department, said they received the alarm at 10:41 a.m. and control the fire after ten minutes.

Initial investigation showed the fire started in the carpentry area of Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes, where some workers were making coffins.

Abelgas said they will invite two men who might help shed light on the incident.

“It’s in their area where the fire reportedly started,” he said.

The fire quickly spread because of the flammable materials, such as paint, thinner and wood, in the room.

Among the burnt items were several unfinished coffins, Abelgas said.

The funeral home is owned by Dychangco Group of Companies. It is located in gated property and the media were not allowed access by the management.

Abelgas, when interviewed by reporters, said they will investigate if fire was not caused by negligence, such as somebody throwing cigarette butts or left some unused electrical appliances plugged in.

“It’s an industrial area. Smoking there should not be allowed,” he said.

Abelgas said some of the fire trucks failed to make it to the scene because the road to the area is uphill, and the trucks are already too old.

City Hall fire

A separate fire hit the office of former Cebu City councilor Jose Daluz III inside the legislative building of Cebu City Hall yesterday morning.

Firefighters said smoke inside Daluz’s office was thick and the fire did not spread because the space was contained.

Daluz said the fire did not cause major damage inside his office. But computers, copying machines and other appliances were damaged by the water that was used to put out the fire.


No important document was damaged too.

He said his staff might have failed to switch off the air condition set in the office and caused the fire.

Daluz said there was brownout last Wednesday afternoon and his staff told him all appliances inside the office had been switched off.

He said he owns some of the things inside his office, including two computer sets, and only few things are owned by the City.

Yesterday’s fire followed the one last Wednesday morning that gutted 12 houses and injured a resident in Sitio Cagudoy, Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.


Fire investigators have yet to find out what caused the fire, which started in the house of Gina Cuenca.

SFO3 Ignacio Dañoso of the Lapu-Lapu City Fire District said the fire broke out at 1 a.m. and was controlled by firefighters within five minutes. The fire, which reached second alarm, was put out at 3 a.m.

Cesar Molina, of legal age, suffered first-degree burns while braving the flames to save things from his house.

He sustained burns in his face and right shoulder. Nobody else was reported injured.

Damage to property was estimated at P450,000.

Dañoso said five of the six fire stations in Lapu-Lapu responded to the fire.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation. We have yet to talk with the witnesses,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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