Fires incidents doubled since January: BFP

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014


THE Davao City's Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported about 50.84 percent increase in the number of fire incidents since January 2014 compared to the same period in 2013.

Fire Officer 1 (FO1) Rogel John Alocelja, of the Davao City Fire District's Intelligence and Investigations Section (DCFD-IIS), in an interview Wednesday, said the bureau recorded 178 fire incidents since January, higher than the 118 fire incidents registered last year.

Based on the data Alocelja provided, of the 178 fire incidents in 2014, 111 were from residentials, industrials and other structures, including rubbish and grass, while 17 were vehicular.

Of the 118 fire incidents last year, 158 were from residentials and other structures, while 20 were vehicular-related.

As to the cost of damage to properties, this year's fire incidents had already damaged around P96,135,800, as compared to last year's P31,538,385, Alocelja said.

He added that the largest fire incident that took place was the one in Barangay 23-C, Barangay 22-C and Barangay 21-C in Boulevard on April 5.

FO2 Patricio Brañanola, meanwhile, said the common cause of fire is electrical short circuit. He added that others were caused by open flame, unattended lighting candles, LPG tanks or stoves, cigarettes, and unknown causes or fire arson.

Senior Fire Officer 1 (SFO1) Ramil E. Gillado said despite the increase of fire incidents, their safety inspections in houses and structures and information drive in every barangay remain, though they cannot closely monitor all the structures here.

"The safety and security when it comes to this matter lies in the hands of the people. Our information drives, seminars and forums would be useless kung wala man galing sila naminaw unya mao gihapon ang problema," Gillado said.

"We can only conduct inspection if someone is asking for a permit, or if someone is requesting for inspection. But beyond that, whether nag wire tapping na sila or what else, we would never know. We are doing our part to prevent fire incidents, and we hope that the people are also doing the same," he added.

The latest fire incident took place around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Sun Foam Corporation on South Bay Road in Barangay Lapu-Lapu, Agdao. The cause of fire was due to its router machine. Firefighters controlled the fire around 8:20 a.m. No one was reportedly hurt in the incident but the damage was pegged at P1 million.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 26, 2014.

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