Beng calls for renewed fire prevention efforts PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 23 March 2014 14:01

Mayor Beng Climaco has aired an urgent appeal for renewed efforts to ensure fire safety and prevention amid the rotational power interruption and the dry season.

This, as the mayor expressed deepest gratitude to personnel from the City Fire District Office, the Volunteer Fire Brigade, Philippine Air Force, Zamboanga City Water District, Aleson Shipping Lines and all other groups that provided waters tankers and volunteered to respond to both the fire incidents at Macrohon Drive, Canelar Friday night and in Upper Calarian at dawn Saturday.

Mayor Climaco rushed to the fire scene immediately after learning about the incident in Canelar shortly before 9 p.m. Friday where more than 100  houses were gutted down with damage estimated to at P5 million.

Citing initial reports, City Fire Marshall Dominador Zabala Jr. said the incident originated in a bedroom of a two-storey semi-concrete house owned by Gladys Vergara. The cause of the incident was still undetermined pending further investigation.

On the other hand, 12 stalls made of light materials located at the Upper Calarian flea market were also razed barely an hour after the Canelar fire was declared under control. Damage to properties was estimated at P80,000 while the cause is still undetermined.

The Calarian incident was the 14th fire incident for March,  which is observed as Fire Prevention Month.

“Let us exert all efforts to prevent fire by not leaving lit candles unattended at night and checking possible problems on electrical connections and wiring due fluctuations in power supply,” Mayor Climaco said adding  “let us help each other especially with the dry spell in this month of March as we observe the Fire Prevention Month.”

On instructions of the mayor, personnel from the City Social Welfare in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development and other offices provided relief assistance to the families affected by the fire incidents.

As of 11am yesterday, over 50 families were temporarily sheltered at the Canelar Elementary School while 21 families were housed at the Sto. Niño barangay hall. They were all provided with food and clothing.

Mayor Climaco has called on all those who would like to help those affected by the fire to send their contributions or donations to Canelar Elementary School and the Sto. Niño barangay hall where displaced families are temporarily sheltered. — Sheila Covarrubias