250 houses go up in smoke in Mandaue

AT LEAST 250 houses went up in smoke when a fire broke out in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc, Mandaue City on Tuesday evening, November 22, 2022.

Senior Fire Officer 1 Danny Zamora of Mandaue City Fire Station said in an interview with SunStar Cebu that the fire allegedly started from the room of a two-story house occupied by a certain Reynaldo Devilleres, 58.

Devilleres, who was reportedly drunk at the time of the incident, remembered saying during the investigation that he lighted a mosquito coil before he went to sleep.

Devilleres suffered second degree burns on his arm.

A fireman sustained first degree burns on the shoulder, while two residents, including Alejandro Cerina, also suffered burns.

He said he hurriedly ran outside after being awakened by the noise of the people outside the house.

Zamora said one of the witnesses, 44-year-old Verly Puncol, was the first to notice the fire, which erupted at 11:46 p.m. and was completely extinguished around 3 a.m. of the following day.

Firemen from the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay, Naga and Danao and the municipalities of Minglanilla, Consolacion, Liloan and Compostela helped put out the fire.

Damage to properties was pegged at P1.2 million.

Zamora said Devilleres is temporarily placed under police custody to protect him for his angry neighbors who claimed that the fire in Sitio Paradise, a densely populated area, was intentionally done. (BBT, TPT)