By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY — A Saturday morning fire damaged 23 houses in Jaro district of Iloilo City.
Chief Insp. Christopher Regencia, chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-Iloilo City), said this included 20 houses that are totally damaged and three more houses partially damaged in Calubihan and Taytay Zone II villages.
While there is no injury or fatality, the fire incident started around 9:40 a.m. and was declared fire out only by 1:46 p.m.
Many of the homes were made of light materials and the strong wind made it quickly spread.
Regencia said the firefighters had a hard time penetrating the area because of the narrow roads.
Fire officers are still investigating the incident, but they’re looking at two leads. Based on witnesses, the fire started from a kitchen of a local resident who was cooking and left it unattended. Regencia also said they’re looking into the possibility of electrical fault.
Gene Garingalao of the Iloilo City Social Welfare Office said 62 families are affected and some of them have been transferred to Jaro I Elementary School.