By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY—The town of Kalibo in Aklan province is under a state of calamity following a massive fire that hit its public market Sunday.
The Kalibo Town Council unanimously approved the resolution to quickly release funds for affected market vendors.
Senior Inspector Sidgie Gerardo, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) chief in Kalibo, said estimated damage from the incident that wrecked more than half of the public market is pegged at more than P35 million.
In a Monday phone interview, Gerardo told Manila Bulletin that the Kalibo local government has an official record of 276 market stalls that were totally damaged. It includes meat and vegetable stalls, rice trading stores, grocery stores, beauty salons, pawnshops, restaurants, and remittance centers.
An initial investigation found the fire that started past midnight on Sunday came from the meat and vegetable section of the market, which is on the ground floor. It quickly spread and even ate a portion of the market’s second floor.
Meanwhile, BFP Aklan has taken over the investigation due to the massive damage.