By Mars W. Mosqueda Jr.
Cebu City – There were fewer fires in Central Visayas last year than in 2015 but there were more fire-related deaths, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) regional office reported.
There were 842 fires last year, a 32.4 percent drop from 2015’s 1,246 cases.
The number of casualties rose to 34 in 2016 from just 8 a year earlier, said BFP regional Spokesman Senior Fire Officer 1 Windell Villanueva.
The main causes of fires were faulty electrical connections, matches, unattended candles, cigarettes, and burning rubber.
Villanueva encouraged the public to attend fire safety lectures and seminars in the barangays to become more informed on fire prevention.
On December 31, at least 450 families lost their homes to a fire that swept through hit two densely populated villages in Mandaue City.
The fire department said firecrackers triggered the blaze in Sitio Sto. Niño, Barangay Guizo, and Sitio Salvacion, Barangay Maguikay.