By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY (July 25, 2018) – Former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan on Wednesday appealed to the national government to help the fire victims who were displaced by a 6-hour fire that hit two villages in Jolo and another in Indanan, all in Sulu province, Tuesday afternoon.
Tan said a fire of undetermined origin hit the villages of Port area and Busbus in Jolo and Lambayong in Indanan, Sulu about 2 pm, Tuesday and lasted until 8pm before firemen declared the fire out.
An estimated 3,000 houses mostly made of light materials, were razed to the ground, displacing about 15,000 individuals, a report reaching this city said.
Tan said most of the victims were with their relatives while others stay at an evacuation center of the provincial and local government of Jolo and Indanan.
The former governor of the province said limited food and relief assistance were being served to the estimated 15,000 fire victims by the provincial and the municipal governments of Jolo and Indanan.
Tan appealed to the traders of Sulu, the national government and other concerned agencies to help and assist the victims for their immediate needs now.
“We need to help one another. It is for this reasons that I appeal to our traders in Sulu, the office of President Rodrigo Duterte and other concerned government agencies of government to help the fire victims,” Tan said, adding that “my company the Island Petroleum Company is now readying food and relief assistance for the fire victims as our contribution to them.”
Tan assured the victims that more assistance will be extended to them by the Island Petroleum Company which Tan manages.
As this developed, firemen continued their investigation as to the cause of the fire that displaced 15,000 people in three villages, Tuesday.
Initial report reaching this city indicated that a loud explosion was heard before the fire started. Others said that faulty electrical wiring was the cause of the fire.
Tan said proper agencies of government are now doing their investigation as to the cause of the fire.