MANDAUE CITY, PHILIPPINES — At around 11 pm on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, a fire razed a sitio in Mandaue City, damaging 250 houses and displacing 700 families.
At 11:45 pm on Tuesday, residents of Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc, Mandaue City, reported a fire incident to the authorities. According to the Mandaue City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the fire was located along C. Ouano Street of the said sitio.
By 11:50 pm, the fire has reached the first alarm, moving up to the 4th alarm by 12 midnight. The responding unit was able to control the fire by 2 am and put it out completely by 2:38 am.
Senior Fire Officer 1 (SFO1) Danny Zamoras said two residents and one fire officer sustained burns during the incident.
Resident Alejandro Cerina had burns on his back, while Reynaldo Devilleres sustained second-degree burns on his arm. Meanwhile, Fire Officer 1 (FO1) Freyje Pono sustained first-degree burns on her shoulder.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Meanwhile, the displaced families are currently staying at the covered court of Mandaue City Central School. The fire victims are housed in modular tents inside the gym.
Mayor Jonas Cortes of Mandaue City reports a mobile kitchen has been sent to the evacuation center, giving hot meals, food packs, and disaster kits to residents.
Cortes said the authorities continue to profile and validate the fire victims to arrive at the exact number of affected residents. – WhatALife!