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Bacolod City, Philippines Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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P2.3M lost in school,
distillery fires
BY ADRIAN NEMES III

About P2 million worth of properties were turned to ashes when fire hit the Distileria Bago Inc. in Brgy. Taloc, Bago City, Negros Occidental, at about 7:30 a.m. yesterday.

In Bacolod City, fire also destroyed three classrooms and damaged another at the University of St. La Salle Integrated school at about 12:30 a.m. yesterday, and caused P350,000 in damage.

Classes at USLS from kindergarten to grade 3 were suspended yesterday and until the burned classrooms have been repaired, the institution’s president, Bro. Ray Suplido, said.

Suplido said they are investigating the complaints of fire volunteers that they were not allowed by the school guard to enter gate 2.

One of the fire volunteers who responded to the fire call yesterday claimed that because they were not allowed to enter the school campus immediately, they were not able to stop the spread of the fire sooner.

Rhoderick Samonte, USLS director for External Relations, said that the security guard, whom he did not identify, already admitted his lapses and has apologized saying he panicked.

Bacolod City Fire marshal, Chief Insp. Bartolome Biliran, said they dispatched three fire trucks to the area and were assisted by those of the Amity and Chinese Chamber fire volunteer brigades.

Biliran said the fire, believed to have been caused by an electrical short circuit, originated from the ceiling of the northern portion of the building. It was put out at about 12:50 a.m. with no one reported hurt, he said.

Meanwhile, Bago City fire marshal, Chief Insp. Pamela Rojane Candido, said the fire at DBI originated at the left side of the coal feed conveyor idler at the Hamada Boiler building.

Candido said members of the Bago City BFP were assisted by firemen from Bacolod City and volunteers of Amity and Chinese Chamber fire volunteer brigades.

The fire was put out after more than an hour, with no one reported injured, she said.

Candido also said they still have to investigate the cause of the fire although the DBI, in its statement to the DAILY STAR, said that initial investigation showed it may have been caused by the abnormal conditions in the in-feed rubber conveyor mechanism system that provides fuel to the boiler.

Bago City BFP will send the charred debris recovered from the DBI’s Hamada Boiler building to the BFP laboratory in Manila for investigation.*APN

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