BFP: More fire incidents in 2013

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Friday, January 10, 2014


THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Davao City recorded a total of 240 fire incidents in 2013, higher than the figure in 2012 with 182 incidents.

Fire Officer 1 (FO1) Rogel John C. Alocelja, fire arson investigator of the Intelligence and Investigation Section of the BFP, in an interview, said that during these incidents, 21 were hurt including a firefighter, and six were killed, with P6,254,385 worth of properties damaged.

In 2012, at least three were killed and five others were injured, with a total of P134,956,100 worth of properties damaged, Alocelja added.

Alocelja said that among the most common causes of fire were faulty electrical wiring, unattended cookery, garbage burning, and overheating of appliances.

"The public need to be more cautious. Double check your belongings and refrain from wire tapping, from buying cheap wirings, and overloading kanang magsaksak ug kuryente sa usa ka outlet. Let's take preventive measures lang po," Alocelja said.

In spite of the constant reminders by the bureau about fire prevention and control, nine fire incidents transpired in the city just this month.
The bureau hopes that the public have learned their lesson from previous fire incidents.

As to the arson, the bureau recorded a total of 15 arson incidents in 2013, higher than two arson incidents recorded in 2012. The bureau cited personal grudge as one of the motives.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 10, 2014.

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