ZAMBOANGA CITY – A fire razed to the ground in a slum area Wednesday (August 18) and affected over a hundred families, reports reaching MDNN said yesterday.
Chief Inspector Jacqueline Ortega, city fire marshall said the fire started around 4:30 pm on Camellia Drive, barangay Calarian. It was under controlled by the city fire bureau two hours after.
Ortega said that based on investigations conducted by fire investigators, the fire started at the boarding of a certain Crispin Quilala and it easily spread to neighboring houses made of light and concrete materials.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) personnel who also responded to the fire scene has confirmed that there were 95 houses totally burned, while 17 houses were also partially destroyed.
The social welfare office has also reported that a total of 116 families with 205 dependents were displaced as a result of the fire incident.
Socorro Rojas, CSWDO chief said the number of affected families is expected to increase. They are profiling the residents affected by the fire.
The CSWDO office, it was learned, has initially distributed relief goods, including canned goods, milk, coffee, hot porridge, blankets, among others.
Rojas added that a temporary kitchen was also immediately set up by their personnel to assist people in their food needs every day, while the City Government is looking for funds to help the fire victims.
She also said right now they have set up the Southcom Elementary School as the victims’ temporary shelter and evacuation center for all the victims that are now accounted for by their office.
The fire official told the media their office has yet to establish the origin of the fire and initially put the damage to properties to P1-million. – PNA