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Fire razes 500 homes in Mandaue

At least 500 houses were gutted in a predawn fire in two barangays in Mandaue City in Cebu province on Saturday.

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Senior Inspector Joel Abarcez, chief of the city's fire bureau, said they received a report that fire broke out in Barangay Guizo at around 1:45 a.m.

Abarcez that shortly before 3 a.m., they raised the fire's alarm to Charlie, summoning fire trucks from the nearby municipalities.

He said that the fire quickly spread and affected at least three sitios in Guizo and Barangay Mantuyong because the houses were made of light materials.

The fire marshal added that firetrucks had a hard time responding to the fire because roads leading to the affected areas were too narrow.

The blaze was declared out at around 5:48 a.m.

The city's fire bureau initially pegged the fire's damage at P2.3 million.

Authorities have yet to determine the exact number of families that were affected by the fire.

Based on initial investigations, the fire could have started from a gas lamp in a house owned by a certain Robinson Aldion.

Abarcez said that according to Aldion, the gas lamp could have been toppled by a cat.

The incident happened even with the Bureau of Fire Protection's intensified fire awareness campaign this month.

March is declared Fire Prevention Month by virtue of Proclamation No. 115-A, s. 1966—report from Norman Mendoza/ALG, GMA News


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