FAMILIES affected by the fire in Zone 2, Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata, Bacolod City will receive financial assistance from the City Government.
Pacita Tero, head of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD)-Bacolod, said the fire destroyed 16 houses with a total of 18 families affected.
Houses that were destroyed will receive P10,000 each, while those damaged will receive P5,000.
The DSSD is now processing the financial assistance and will be distributed soon to the affected families.
Affected families are temporarily staying at the Barangay Bata Gymnasium.
On Friday, the Bureau of Fire Protection initially reported at least 10 houses were razed by fire in Zone 2, Purok Riverside, Barangay Bata.
City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Rodel Legaspi earlier said the fire allegedly started from the house of Ivy Zulueta around 10:58 a.m. but is still subject to investigation.
He said they had difficulty penetrating the area because of the narrow passageways and they needed to pull and connect the water hose to reach the affected area.
The blaze was put out around 11:24 a.m. The fire destroyed P 200,000 worth of properties.
Arson investigators are still conducting further investigations to determine the origin and cause of the fire.