By Ariel Avendaño
SAN JOSE CITY, Nueva Ecija – Two commercial establishments made of light materials were totally razed and two other commercial establishments and a residential house were partially damaged in an almost 5-hour fire which broke out before 6:00 p.m. last Wednesday, May 16 in this city.
Inspector Dante Tabares, city fire marshal, said the fire which reached alarm task force Charlie was put under control at around 9:00 p.m. It was declared totally declared fire out before 11:00 pm.
Fire investigators said that the fire was caused by an electrical overload at one of the two establishments engaged in plastic wares distribution.
Finding out that the 2 totally razed establishments were more than 50 years old and were just renovated by the occupants, City Mayor Mario Salvador who went to the place, ordered the city bureau of fire protection (BFP) to immediately inspect all dilapidated and old commercial establishments which may pose hazards to other establishment in the city.
Damage to properties was estimated at around P1.5 million.