3 houses razed in Suba blaze

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Friday, August 1, 2014


THREE houses were destroyed while two others were damaged in a fire that broke out on Abellana St., Barangay Suba, Cebu City yesterday morning.

Unattended cooking or electrical misuse, such as overloading, may have caused the incident, said Cebu City Fire Marshal Rogelio Bongabong.

Damage estimates were placed at around P100,000.

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Bongabong said the fire department received the call for help at 9:35 a.m. and raised it to second alarm.

The fire was declared under control at 9:57 a.m., but firefighters stayed in the area until the afternoon to make sure the fire would not rekindle.

According to initial investigation, the fire started on the second floor of Alfredo Cuizon’s house.

The flames immediately spread to adjacent houses, which were made of light materials.

Because the fire broke out between two streets, firefighters were able to put out the flames from two sides and managed to confine the blaze in a few minutes.

Liability

“It’s a good thing it happened in the morning. Otherwise, there would have been many parked cars at night and we would have had a problem getting to the fire scene,” Bongabong said in Cebuano.

The fire department will summon Cuizon to shed light on the incident.

Bongabong said the house owner might be liable for negligence once they determine the cause of the fire.

One of the victims, Edisa Ludungog, said the fire started inside the Internet café in Cuizon’s house.

Mark Ariel Quizon said the Internet cafe operated 24 hours.

John Michael Cabido, however, said the fire started on the second floor of the other house.

Like the other victims, Cabido said they weren’t able to save any belongings.

Flames consumed their house, which was made of light materials.

Arsenia Loga was able to retrieve some plates, while Imelda Abanella got hold of her bag. Both women couldn’t enter their houses because these were already in flames.

Barangay Captain Jojo Sable said they will give assistance to the victims, who will be taken to the barangay’s sports center for shelter

However, some of the victims don’t want to leave their burnt-out homes. ““It’s much safer if we stay,” Abanella said. “We’ll only get sick if we go.” (DSM/John Cavin Sabonsolin, USJ-R Mass Com intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 02, 2014.

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