Fire hits MisOr vet office

FIRE hits the Misamis Oriental Provincial Veterinary office on Luna corner Velez Streets in Cagayan de Oro Thursday afternoon.

Cagayan de Oro City Fire District’s initial investigation suggested a faulty electrical wiring may have caused the fire considering that the building is very old, said fire investigator Rosalito Caratao.

Caratao said parts of the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) regional administrative office and the Misamis Oriental provincial motor pool, adjacent to the burning building were also caught on fire.

The fire started at a ceiling of the building which was made up of light materials.

He said the fire was declared under control at 3:29 p.m. after it was reported at 2:40 pm. It was declared fire out by 3:35 pm.

The damage, according to Caratao, was approximated at P200,000 excluding the office equipment inside the building.

He said a thorough investigation on the incident is ongoing, but he did not discount possibilities that somebody could have set the building on fire by undetermined reason.

“It was not difficult for us to respond. But when we arrived, the fire was already huge. Still it was swiftly controlled,” he told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro minutes after the fire was declared out.

Caratao said the fire department declared the fire in second alarm as four to six fire trucks from Lapasan, Puerto, Nazareth, and a private fire truck combined forces to put out the blaze.

Reports said the employees immediately left the buildings for safety, but have secured some pertinent documents.

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