2 fires hit Cebu shanties, bunkhouse

CEBU CITY -- About 15 houses were destroyed in an early afternoon fire that hit a riverside barangay in Mandaue City, Friday.

The flames struck the day after another blaze hit a bunkhouse inside an exclusive village in Barangay Cabancalan, in the same city.

Senior Fire Officer 2 Roy Garcia of the Mandaue City Fire Station said they received a call for help at 1:15 p.m. about the fire that broke out in Zone 3 in Barangay Mantuyong.

Garcia and members of the Mandaue City Fire Station and other firefighting units did what they could, but the flames leveled at least 15 houses, most of them made of light materials.

The fire destroyed an estimated P50,000 worth of infrastructure and other properties.

Garcia revealed that the fire started in an abandoned shanty. Residents there said that just before the fire started, they saw some children playing with matches there.

An investigation will verify what caused the fire.

A day earlier, an early morning blaze destroyed a bunkhouse in Barangay Cabancalan, also in Mandaue City.

Fire investigators led by Garcia estimated the damage at P100,000. The fire destroyed a two-storey bunkhouse inside the Greenhills Subdivision, reportedly owned by businessman William Rafols.

Garcia revealed that around 2 a.m. last Thursday, Joelito Ramos, who works for Rafols, was sleeping inside the bunkhouse when a blast of hot air jolted him awake.

As he opened his eyes, he saw the room was already on fire.

He immediately ran out of the bunkhouse and tried to contact the local fire department.

Firefighters stopped the flames before they could spread to the entire house, but destroyed Rafol’s garage, which reportedly contained a BMW car.

Garcia said that Ramos suspected his electric fan had short-circuited. But Garcia added they still have to investigate what caused the fire. (JKV/Sun.Star Cebu)

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