THE Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Davao reported that a total of 266 fire incidents in Davao City have been recorded from January to June 25 this year with around P47 million damage.
Senior Fire Officer 2 Ramil Gillado, Investigation Section chief of BFP Davao, said Tuesday, June 25, that the damage for the first semester of the year has reached to P45,686,100.
The top three fire incidents involved residential, grass fire, and mercantile.
For June alone, the BFP responded to a total of 22 fire incidents.
Gillado said one of the factors of the increase in fire incidents in Davao City was the El Niño phenomenon, which was experienced last summer and triggered grassfire because of the dry spell.
"Daghan og fire incident this year nga grassfire ug rubbish fire compared to last year, mao na nga daghan og fire incident this year pero gamay ra ug damage kay ang nakadugang sa record mga grassfire," he said.
Based on their data from January to June in 2018, a total of 227 fire incidents have been noted with P81,093,050. The top three types of fire incidents involved are residential, grassfire and rubbish.
Electrical-related remains the top cause of fire incidents, followed by an open flame and improper disposal of a cigarette butt.
In the first semester record, the BFP recorded one fatality after a 61-year-old person with special needs perished in a fire on Toyota St., Barangay Centro Agdao, Davao City on February 21 after she was trapped inside the burning structure.