Boy per­ishes in dawn fire

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Ador Vin­cent S. Mayol and Jose Santino S. Bu­na­chita W I T H C O R R ES PONDENT NOR­MAN V. MEN­DOZA

A10-year-old boy died in a fire that gut­ted 40 houses and dis­placed 47 fam­i­lies in Si­tio Ca­ban­calan I in Barangay Bu­la­cao, Cebu City, at past 5 a.m. yes­ter­day.

Fred­er­ick Su­ma­gang’s charred re­mains were found in an al­ley out­side their two-storey home where the fire re­port­edly started.

The cause of fire has yet to be de­ter­mined, said Se­nior Fire Of­fi­cer Lowel Opo­len­tisima of the Cebu City Fire De­part­ment. “We are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing it,” he said.

Based on their ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the blaze started at the sec­ond floor of the Su­ma­gang home.

The Cebu City Fire De­part­ment re­ceived the alarm at 5:55 a.m.

The fire was de­clared un­der con­trol after 20 min­utes and was put out at 9:05 a.m. Opo­len­tisima pegged the dam­age at P350,000.

Fred­er­ick’s mother Joanry said they were sleep­ing in the liv­ing room when she was awak­ened by the smoke caused by the fire from the sec­ond floor of their house.

She said she and her chil­dren im­me­di­ately ran out of the house.

But she later no­ticed that Fred­er­ick, the fifth of her six chil­dren, was miss­ing.

“I would have wanted to go back to our house, thinking that Dodong was there. How­ever, I was pre­vented by my other chil­dren be­cause the fire was so big al­ready,” the 41year-old mother said in Ce­buano.

Fred­er­ick, who has a men­tal dis­abil­ity, was found dead when the smoke cleared.

His re­mains were brought to the St. Fran­cis Fu­neral Homes along Natalio Ba­calso Av­enue in Cebu City.

Nagiel Baña­cia, chief of the Cebu City Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (CCDRRMO) said the city will al- lo­cate a P10,000 cash as­sis­tance to the Su­ma­gang fam­ily.

He also said the fire vic­tims need not worry about los­ing their homes since they can re­turn to their ar­eas.

Baña­cia said the lot where the houses are lo­cated is owned by the city.

“There’s a huge pos­si­bil­ity that they can go back there. We are con­fi­dent,” Baña­cia said.

He said the city will no longer have to re­block the fire site since it is lo­cated near ex­ist­ing roads.

The fire vic­tims are stay­ing in a chapel near the fire site.

Baña­cia said they de­cided not to bring the vic­tims to the public el­e­men­tary school in the barangay since it is far from the fire site.

“Usu­ally, vic­tims would want to stay near their burned houses so that they can watch over their ar­eas,” he said.

Meals were pro­vided by City Hall’s De­part­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and Ser­vices (DSWS) yes­ter­day and this will con­tinue un­til to­mor­row.

Per­son­nel from the City Health De­part­ment (CHD) also vis­ited the tem­po­rary stag­ing area for the fire vic­tims to con­duct check­ups and treat those with in­juries.

Else­where, about nine houses were de­stroyed by a fire in Barangay Pul­pogan, Con­so­la­cion town at 3:30 p.m. yes­ter­day.

Se­nior Fire Of­fi­cer Ty­ron Go­cela of the Con­so­la­cion Fire Sta­tion said the fire was caused by an elec­tric short-cir­cuit at the houses of Edna Ti­bon and Du­tosme In­dang based on the ac­counts of their neigh­bors.

The fire spread to the neigh­bor­ing houses and was put out at 4:20 p.m. No one was hurt.

Lete­cia Torre, a 65year-old neigh­bor and sis­ter of Edna Ti­bon, said her house was spared from the fire by the trees be­tween her home and her sis­ter’s house. Dam­ages were pegged at P350,000./

Joanry Su­ma­gang and her son shed tears after see­ing the re­mains of Fred­er­ick re­cov­ered by fire­fight­ers at the rub­ble of their home in Si­tio Ca­ban­calan, Barangay Bu­la­cao, Cebu City.

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