2 fires raze 48 houses in Cebu City

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FORTY-EIGHT houses were burned in two separate fires that hit Cebu City on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, inflicting nearly P1 million in damage to properties.

The first fire broke out in a compound in Barangay Kinasang-an at 1:35 a.m., and reports from the Cebu City Fire Office (CCFO) showed that the blaze started in the house of Kayam Bae Sultan.

The flames quickly spread in the neighborhood, eventually razing 46 other houses that were mostly made of wood.

After nearly an hour, firefighters put out the fire at 2:25 a.m.

An unattended candle sparked the fire in the compound. Damage to properties was P900,000, according to the CCFO.

Following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in Cebu on Thursday evening, Dec. 16, 2021, several parts of Cebu City still have no electricity as poles and power lines were toppled during the storm.

As the repair of power lines is still ongoing, households that are still waiting for power supply have been using candles or solar-powered lamps to brighten up their evenings.

The second fire happened in Tan Chan Compound in Barangay Guadalupe at 11:30 a.m., burning the house owned by Henry Tan Chan and rented by Leslie Palacio.

Estimates of the damage to Chan’s house were pegged at P30,000. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. (BBT / KAL)

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