Half a million pesos worth of properties were turned to ashes when fire hit a two-storey residential house at Jesusa Heights Subdivision, Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City, at about 10:05 p.m. Thursday, Insp. Publio Plotena reported yesterday.
Plotena, who is the city’s deputy fire marshal, said that the fire originated at the ceiling of the extension roof of the house owned by Douyle Factor.
Investigation conducted by Fire Officer 1 Anthonty Banay showed the rubber covering of the electrical wires on the ceiling of Factor’s house might have been torn, causing water seepage and eventually triggered the fire.
Five fire trucks from the BFP were dispatched to the area and they were assisted by those of the Chamber and Amity fire volunteer brigades. The fire, that reached first alarm status, was eventually put out at about 10:33 p.m. with no one reported injured, Plotena said.
Aside from Factor’s house, the fire also damaged his Kia Sorento vehicle that was parked beside it, he said.
Plotena reminded the public once again to ensure that old electrical wires or cables are replaced, and electrical connections are checked by licensed electricians.
He added that it is also important to unplug all electrical appliances when not being used to avoid fire incidents.*APN