AT LEAST 20 houses were already destroyed after a fire hit Sitio Guiwanon, Barangay Looc in Lapu-Lapu on Saturday night, March 30.

Task force Alpha na Fire alarm Sitio Guiwanon Brgy.Looc,Lapu Lapu City

Posted by Hala Yes on Saturday, March 30, 2019
Investigators from the Lapu-Lapu City Fire Department have yet to determine the cause of the blaze which reportedly started at around 9 p.m.

Regina Ybanez, Barangay Looc village chief, said she and her fellow village officials were conducting an assembly when she received the fire alarm.

FO3 Lyndon Urbiztondo of the Lapu-Lapu City Fire Department said they immediately declared the fire under Task Force Bravo at around 10 p.m.

Around 10 fire volunteers from the cities of Mandaue and Talisay and the municipalities of Cordova, Compostela and Consolacion are assisting the local fire department in tackling the blaze.

Andy Berame, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said they have started gathering those who were displaced at the village gym.

As of 11 p.m., March 30, city officials are still conducting an accounting of the affected fire victims.

Ybañez asked the city government to prioritize providing basic needs for the fire victims such as food, blankets and a temporary place to stay for the night.