CEBU -- Some P6.19 million worth of properties were destroyed by a fire that gutted a police station and six government offices in Barangay Poblacion, Danao City last Saturday night.
Investigators have to confirm what caused the fire that ruined the offices of the police, social workers and other government employees, but faulty wiring or an unattended electrical appliance are being considered.
SFO2 Eduardo Rizaldo, chief investigator of the Danao City Fire Station, said their security guard on duty recalled that the fire broke out at 9:10 p.m. in a government building, which is located 100 meters away from the fire station.
They rushed to the area, but the fire quickly escalated and engulfed the building, reportedly built in the 1960s.
Rizaldo told Sun.Star Cebu they raised the incident to a general alarm, and all the fire trucks from neighboring municipalities such as Consolacion, Liloan, Carmen and Catmon responded.
Fanned by strong winds, the flames snaked to a nearby building. After battling with the fire for 30 minutes, firefighters declared the scene under control.
By then, however, the two buildings had been razed, along with computers, documents, evidence and equipment.
In Mandaue City shortly before noon Sunday, two houses were gutted when a fire erupted in a congested neighborhood in Barangay Cubacub shortly before noon.
A resident suffered from a cut in his foot while scrambling to get valuables out of his house.
Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Mandaue City received a call for help at 11:45 a.m. They rushed to Purok 6-A, Upper Cubacub and stopped the flames from spreading within eight minutes.
In the Danao City fire, an initial investigation by the fire station revealed that the fire started in the Parole and Probation Office, which was located on the second floor of the building.
The first level was occupied by the Danao City Police Station, while the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), Public Employment Service Office (Peso), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and City Agricultural Services held office on the second floor.
“Nakadungog ang mga police nga naa’y nagpakapaka sa ibabaw unya sunod aso ug kayo dayon (The police heard some explosions on the upper level, then saw smoke and fire),” the fire investigator said.