CEBU CITY, Philippines — Fire destroyed 23 houses and damaged another in a densely populated urban poor village in Subangdaku, Mandaue City on Thursday afternoon.
The city’s social welfare office has been determining the number of families displaced in the fire in Sitio (sub-village) Sapa-Sapa II, Barangay (village) Subangdaku, as of this posting.
The city government has set up tents near the fire scene to serve as temporary shelter for the fire victims, said Subangdaku village chief Ernie Manatad.
“We will provide food for tonight and temporary shelter for three days,” he said in Cebuano.
Nilo Cosido, investigator of the Bureau of Fire Protection, said the fire started from the house of Lorna Luchaves Narro at 1 p.m. It was put under control about 30 minutes later.
He said they had yet to determine the cause of fire.
This was the third fire that broke out in Sitio Sapa-Sapa II since 2002.
Meanwhile, a fire destroyed five houses and killed two lives in Manila.
Senior Fire Officer 2 Emmanuel Gaspar identified the two fatalities as Arjun Salombre at Jaybrix Jacobe, both four years old, who were sleeping inside their house at 2527 Blumentritt Extension, corner Pilita Street in Sampaloc, Manila at around 11:30 a.m. when the fire struck.
“The bodies were burned beyond recognition,” Gaspar said.
Four to five other houses were also razed by fire.
He said investigators have yet to identify the cause of fire, but estimated the damage at around P300,000.
The fire reached third alarm before it was put out before noon.
Written by: Jhon Limwhel Titular