Fire destroys P1.5-M properties

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


AT LEAST P1.5 million worth of properties, including a place of worship, went up in smoke in a fire in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported Sunday.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Zamboanga Peninsula information officer-in-charge Inspector Dahlan Samuddin said the fire broke out around 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the village of Barra, Dipolog City, the capital of Zamboanga del Norte.

He said the fire, which razed 20 houses mostly made of light materials, displaced at least 40 families. A mosque was also burned down.

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Initial investigation showed the fire started at the second floor of the unoccupied residence owned by the late Ranie Pango, Samuddin said.

He said the fire rapidly spread and razed the nearby houses that were made of light materials.

Dipolog City firemen and from the nearby towns of Polanco, Katipunan, Piñan, and Roxas and 117 rescue team responded to the fire call and put off the blaze around 9:21 p.m., Samuddin said.

No casualty was reported during the fire except for the P1.5 million properties that went up in smoke, the police official said.

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