Fire kills 11 year-old, in­jures 15 oth­ers

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

An 11-year old boy was killed while 15 oth­ers in­clud­ing an­other mi­nor were slightly wounded af­ter a fire gut­ted over 100 houses in San Antonio, Jasaan, Misamis Ori­en­tal late af­ter­noon Tues­day, Septem­ber 26.

The Pro­vin­cial Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Of­fice (PDRRMO) of Misamis Ori­en­tal said as of 1 pm Wed­nes­day, a to­tal of 132 houses were dam­aged af­fect­ing 154 fam­i­lies or 555 in­di­vid­u­als.

The fire vic­tims sought shel­ter at the vil­lage's cov­ered court while some chose to stay with rel­a­tives.

PDRRM Of­fi­cer Fer­nando Dy Jr. iden­ti­fied the fa­tal­ity as Niel­jen Mark Daapong, a child with spe­cial needs.

"Dili siya con­firm pero maoy re­port nga spe­cial child siya. Wala siya makuha kay ku­sog naa kaayo ang kalayo,"Dy said.

The med­i­cal team from the capi­tol were also de­ployed to ap­ply first aid treat­ment to wounded res­i­dents who sus­tained mi­nor in­juries.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion said the fire de­part­ment re­ceived the call around 4:48 p.m. that fire broke at Zone 3 and 4 and had spread quickly to neigh­bor­ing houses. It was de­clared fire out around 9:35 p.m.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the fire was raised to third alarm due to the ter­rain of the area and nar­row roads.

"Naglisod gyud ang mga bombero kay ga­may ug piot ang dalan unya dili maabot ang likod nga bahin kay walay agianan,"Dy said.

Dy said more than 10 fire trucks from neigh­bor­ing towns helped to con­trol the fire.

Author­i­ties said the es­ti­mated dam­age of the in­ci­dent is P750,000.

The fire de­part­ment is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of fire and where it started.

But Dy said the fire was likely caused by faulty elec­tri­cal wiring.

"Nag­sugod didto sa balay ni Peter Tado ang posi­ble hi­n­ung­dan ei­ther faulty elec­tri­cal wiring or nag-over­heat nga tv. Pas­pas nikalat ang kalayo kay dikit-dikit ang mga balay unya made sa light to very light ma­te­ri­als,"Dy said.

Mean­while, Gover­nor Yevgeny ‘Bambi' Emano im­me­di­ately or­dered the PDRRMO and the MisOr Cares to as­sess the in­ci­dent and ex­tend as­sis­tance to the af­fected fam­i­lies.

The capi­tol pro­vided im­me­di­ate food packs, blan­kets, mosquito nets and toi­letries while more aid from dif­fer­ent groups and in­di­vid­u­als are on the way.

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