Fire razes one story res­i­dence

Sun.Star Baguio - - Topstories - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Reporter

CLOSE to P300,000 worth of prop­er­ties were dam­aged dur­ing an early morn­ing fire De­cem­ber 4 in Scout Bar­rio in­creas­ing the num­ber of fire in­ci­dents in the city to 70 this year.

Fire Of­fi­cer 2 Camilo Balan­cio of the Baguio City fire Depart­ment said the fire razed a one story house with base­ment made of light ma­te­ri­als which started at 8:30 a.m. and was de­clared fire out at 9:25 by fire fight­ers.

“Al­legedly, it is sus­pected that pos­si­bly, the cause of the fire may have come from elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions but we are still await­ing for the re­sult of the of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” Balan­cio ex­plained.

The Fire Pro­tec­tion Bu­reau have recorded a to­tal of 14,000 fires which hap­pened in 2017 na­tion­wide, killing 304 civil­ians and de­stroy­ing P7.8 bil­lion worth of prop­erty with the top 3 rea­sons com­ing from faulty con­nec­tions, lit cig­a­rette butts, and open flames from unat­tended stoves.

“From what we saw when we re­sponded to the fire, the struc­ture was made of light ma­te­ri­als. There was also

the pres­ence of many blan­kets, box car­tons and other prop­er­ties inside the said house which may have con­tributed to the fire which to­tally burned the struc­ture ex­cept for the base­ment,” Balan­cio said.

Of the 70 fire in­ci­dents recorded in the this year, ma­jor­ity of these were due to faulty elec­tri­cal con­nec­tions.

The BFP con­tin­ues to re­mind res­i­den­tial owners to get the ser­vices of cer­ti­fied li­cense elec­tri­cal tech­ni­cians to check their elec­tri­cal lines to pre­vent the oc­cur­rence of a sim­i­lar event in the fu­ture.

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