270 houses razed in Davao fire-A A +A
Thursday, August 22, 2013
DAVAO CITY –- Some 270 houses were razed when a four-hour fire hit a village in Sasa, in this city on Thursday, leaving 300 families affected.
No casualty was reported in the fire incident that happened at Muslim Village on Km. 11 in Sasa. The damage to property was pegged at P1.5 million.
Inspector Rodolfo Alocelja, chief of Davao City Fire District's Investigation and Intelligence Section, in an interview, said 250 houses were destroyed, while 20 others are damaged.
Alocelja said the incident started around 8:20 a.m. at the house owned by Octavio Calintis.
He said the cause of fire was due to "electrical flying connection" while the owner of the house was reportedly charging his mobile phone.
"When we say electrical flying connection, it might be overloading or a grounded circuit, which triggered the blaze. The fire spread and burned its neighboring houses," Alocelja said.
He said around 300 affected families have been evacuated at the Barangay Hall of Sasa and the Fatima covered court.
Firefighters from Davao City Fire District, Bureau of Fire Protection, Fire Volunteers, Central 911 Urban Search and Rescue, and Filipino–Chinese Fire Fighter Brigades, among others, including the Philippine Air Force and the Marines, were able to totally control the fire around 12:50 a.m.
In fact, Alocelja said the firefighters were having difficulties in putting off the fire.
"Actually, sa dagan sa among operation didto ganina di makasulod atong mga firefighters tungod kay swampy ang area, walay dalan na maagian. We sought the assistance from our Marines, so along the seashore sige mi ug kumbate to put off the fire," Alocelja said.
"Paspas mikatag ang kalayo tungod sagad sa mga balay didto shanties ba made of wooden materials. Most of the houses were built since the 1970s. Usa pud na sa amoa gibasehan sa pag tally sa damages," he added.
"Wala ra pud kaabot ang sunog sa Sasa Port, mga balay ra. Dali man nila (residents) gipalayo ang mga bangka pag sugod pa lang daw sa sunog," he added.
Liwayway Caligdong, head of the City Social Services and Development Office, on the other hand, vowed to provide financial assistance to the affected families of the incident.
"Sama sa atong naandan mo-pagawas dayon ta ug financial assistance para sa ila. P10,000 para sa mga balay na totally damaged, P5,000 para sa partially damaged and P3,000 para sa mga renters," Caligdong said. (Sun.Star Davao/Sunnex)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 23, 2013.