Two fires hits 25 houses, trapped senior citizen dies

The fire that hit Barangay 18 on Saturday.*Arthur  Yap photo 

A fire destroyed 18 houses and damaged three in Purok Interior, Barangay 18, Bacolod City, Saturday morning, April 14.

The fire that started at  8:51 a.m. and was declared out at 10:14 a.m.  caused an estimated damage of P3 million,  the Bacolod City Fire  Station said. 

The fire started from the second floor of the house of Merlinda  Encarnacion and its cause is  believed to  be electrical in  nature, Fire Officer 2 Rolin Paulan  said. 

The fire  displaced 50 families with 148  members, City Social Welfare Officer Alma Gustilo said, because there were sharers  and renters in some of the houses. 

Some of  fire victims are staying at a chapel in Barangay 18 while others have found houses to stay at, she said. 

The city government  has provided food and non-food assistance to the fire victims, Gustilo said. 

The city government also provided a water tank to ensure that the fire victims have water supply and portalets, she said.

Meanwhile,  a senior citizen died and four houses were  destroyed  in a fire that hit  Hacienda Garazon, Brgy. San Jose, Binalbagan, in Negros Occidental,  10:34 p.m. Saturday, FO2 Joseph Salarda, Binalbagan Fire Station  investigation and intelligence  chief, said on Sunday. 

Salome del Prado, 76,  who was alone  and trapped in her house died in the fire, he said.* 

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