P2M lost in fire in Panacan-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
SOME P2 million worth of properties were lost in a fire incident on Km. 14 in Panacan, Davao City Wednesday.
Inspector Rodolfo Alocelja, director of the Davao City Fire District's Investigation and Intelligence Section, in an interview, said the fire incident happened around 1:30 p.m. at the New Davao Oil Mill Inc.
Based on the record obtained from Panacan Fire Station, the fire started inside the copra cake storage of the oil mill.
"The fire started at the steel brass, at the storage ng copra cake. Sa steel brass nila, dumadaan yung kanilang wiring installation, sa baba naman niyan yung mga copra cake nila," Alocelja said.
Senior Fire Officer 4 Antonio Mariscal, chief of the Panacan Fire Station, said initial investigation showed electrical short circuit caused the fire.
"According to the workers, biglaan nalang nag-spark duon sa steel brass na naging sanhi ng sunog," Alocelja said, adding that they have yet to conduct further investigations on the matter.
Alocelja said there were around 100 employees during the incident. No one was reportedly hurt.
Firefighters from the Panacan Fire Station and personnel of the Sasa Police Station were able to control the fire at around 2:35 p.m.
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Davao has recorded a total of 291 fire incidents from January to July this year.
BFP regional fire security enforcement division head Nestor Jimenez said this year's number of fire incidents increased as compared to last year's total of 263.
The cost of damage to property for this year, however, has decreased compared to last year.
Fire incidents this year has accounted a total of P70,845,739 worth of damages, while last year's total summed up to P210,391,500.
This year's number of the casualties also decreased to seven fatalities as compared to 11 last year.
In this year's total incidents, 126 of which were caused by electrical short circuit while 51 cases were of unknown causes, 37 incidents caused by open flame or cooking accidents, 30 arson cases, 18 incidents caused by combustible chemicals and bonfires, and 15 cases were caused by improperly extinguished or disposed cigarette butts.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 27, 2013.