Over P1M lost in 3 fires in Mandaue

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

The Mandaue City Fire Office (MCFO) recorded a total of P1.11 million in damage from three fire incidents that occurred in Barangays Tabok, Labogon and Basak.

The latest incidents began with a fire at a warehouse building on Mabugat Road in Barangay Tabok at 1:23 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022.

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 placed under control at 1:44 a.m. Fire officials pegged the damage at P800,000.

Hours later, another fire occurred at a motorcycle shop along North Road Highway in Barangay Labogon.

The fire, which occurred at around 9 a.m., caused damage worth P10,000.

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

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

Last 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 property, was 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 spread to the entire bus.

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

The Bureau of Fire Protection reminded the people to regularly check their car wirings to prevent a similar incident from happening to them.

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