From the archive: Notable fire incidents in Cebu

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FIRE has been a common occurrence in Cebu, just like in other places in the country, due to several factors, and most of the fire incidents in the province affected areas with houses made of light materials.

This March, being a Fire Prevention Month, SunStar has compiled some of the most notable fire incidents in the province, particularly in Cebu City and Mandaue City, since 2015.

Below is the list.

2015

COGON PARDO FIRE

When: April 5, 2015 (Easter Sunday)

Location: Sitio Mansanitas, Barangay Cogon Pardo, Cebu City

Number of houses destroyed: 57 (all made of light materials)

Number of persons affected: 138 families or 570 individuals were left homeless

Damage to property: P200,000

BARANGAY LAHUG

When: December 26, 2015

Location: Sitio Avocado, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City

Number of houses destroyed: 100 (many of them were made of wood)

Number of persons affected: 126 families or 537 individuals

What caused the fire: Candle that was left unattended

Damage to property: P1 million

2016

BARANGAY DULJO-FATIMA

When: December 3, 2016

Location: Barangay Duljo-Fatima (Sitios Bohol Village, Saduco, Riverside, Continental, Plastikan and Chicagoin)

Number of persons affected: 602 families or 2,722 individuals

Damage to property: P1.5 million

The fire lasted for around seven hours and the flames spread across six sitios.

2017

BARANGAY TISA AND LABANGON

When: February 20, 2017

Location: Sitio Lutaw-Lutaw in Barangay Tisa and Sitios Rosario and Tanjay in Barangay Labangon

Number of houses destroyed: 259 (made of light materials)

Number of persons affected: 1,090 individuals

What caused the fire: A lamp that was thrown by a family member

Damage to property: P1.5 million

The fire lasted for about six hours and the houses were easily eaten by the flames as the firefighters had a hard time penetrating the area because of tight roads and closely-packed houses.

2018

METRO AYALA CENTER CEBU

When: January 5, 2018

Location: Metro Ayala Center Cebu

Damage to property: P100 million

It took two days for the firefighters to control the blaze that hit the mall in the evening of January 5, 2018. No one was trapped inside the building, as customers and personnel were safely evacuated.

BARANGAY DULJO-FATIMA

When: December 24, 2018

Location: Sitios Buli, Ponyang, Mansanitas and San Pedro in Barangay Duljo-Fatima

Number of houses burned: 444

Number of persons affected: 593 families or 2,574 individuals; a 12-year-old died in the incident

Damage to property: P3 million

What caused the fire: An argument between a couple that prompted the wife to burn the motorcycle of her husband

2019

BARANGAY ERMITA

When: February 5, 2019

Location: Sitios Bato, Pig Vendor and Castilaan, Barangay Ermita, Cebu City

Number of persons affected: 600 families, or 2,578n individuals

Damage to property: P3 million

BARANGAY SAMBAG 1

When: October 19, 2019

Location: Barangay Sambag 1, Cebu City

Number of houses burned: 38

Number of persons affected: 98 families or 314 individuals

A 14-year-old Grade 9 student of Southwestern University-Phinma died in the incident.

2020

BARANGAY SUBA

When: February 26, 2020

Location: Sitio Sto. Nino, Barangay Suba, Cebu City

Number of persons affected: 600 families

Damage to property: P1.5 million

No injuries or fatalities were reported.

BARANGAY IBABAO-ESTANCIA, MANDAUE CITY

When: February 29, 2020

Location: Sitios Bayabas and Ternate in Barangay Ibabao-Estancia, Mandaue City

Number of persons affected: 530 families or 1,404 individuals

Damage to property: P2.4 million

BARANGAY LOOC, MANDAUE CITY

When: December 6, 2020

Location: Sitio Superior, Barangay Looc, Mandaue City

Number of houses burned: 96

Number of persons affected: 120 families or 574 individuals

Damage to property: P1.4 million

BARANGAY CASUNTINGAN, MANDAUE CITY

When: December 25, 2020

Location: Sitio Telecom, Barangay Casuntingan, Mandaue City

Number of persons affected: 16 families

Damage to property: P140,000

The families who were displaced by the fire ended up celebrating Christmas Day at the barangay gym.

2021

BARANGAY CABANCALAN, MANDAUE CITY

When: February 11, 2021

Location: Treasure Island Industrial Corp., Sitio Pilit, Barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City

Damage to property: P25 million

Not a single employee of Treasure Island Industrial Corp., the manufacturer of Island Paints, was hurt in the incident.

(Leah Y. Capuyan/SunStar Philippines)