Over P1 million lost in fires in Mandaue

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OVER P1 million worth of properties were damaged in separate fire incidents that happened in Mandaue City in the fourth week of May.

The Mandaue City Fire Office (MCFO) had recorded a total of P1.11 million in damage from three fire incidents.

The recent fire took place along Mabugat Road in Barangay Tabok at 1:23 a.m. Thursday, May 26.

The cause of the fire, which originated from a Bunbury Mixer Machine inside a warehouse building, has yet to be determined.

The MCFO said the fire immediately engulfed the warehouse as it contained highly flammable materials such as slippers.

The fire was declared fire out at 1:44 a.m. MCFO estimated the damage at P800,000.

Another blaze happened on the same day at 9 a.m. in a motorcycle shop on North Road Highway in Barangay Labogon.

Jofill Baran, manager of the shop, said they were cutting C-purlins using acetylene when the shop's ceiling suddenly caught fire.

The fire that was declared fire out at 9:58 a.m. left about P10,000 worth of damage.

Senior Fire Officer (SFO) 3 and MCFO chief investigator Edgar Vergara said the cause of the fire was the ignition of materials due to the acetylene slugs.

On Monday, May 23, a Ceres bus that caught fire along J.P. Rizal Street in Barangay Basak was also reported to the MCFO.

The cause of the fire, which damaged about P300,000 worth of properties, is still undetermined as of Friday, May 27.

SFO1 Antonio Montajes, lead investigator of the incident, said the fire originated at the bus' engine starter under the driver's side of the vehicle and then it spread to the entire bus.

The fire, however, was put out within eight minutes after it was reported.

The Bureau of Fire Protection reminded the people to regularly check their car wirings to avoid similar incident from happening again. (HIC)

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