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Monday, 24 March 2014 11:27

Mayor Beng Climaco on Friday mobilized government resources to assist families affected by the fire incidents in Canelar and Upper Calarian.

Immediately after learning about the fire incident in Canelar Friday night, Mayor Climaco tasked the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) to provide the necessary support and assistance to displaced families who were temporarily housed at the Canelar Elementary School and Sto. Nino barangay hall.

Partial report as of 6pm of March 22, the CSWDO reported 47 families were housed at the Canelar Elementary School with 19 house owners, 13 house renters, 13 house boarders and 2 caretakers. Other families affected by the Canelar fire stayed briefly at the Sto. Nino barangay hall but later transferred to host families or relatives.

The city set up a community kitchen at the Canelar Elementary School for use of the displaced families.

Initially, the families were given food packs, used clothing, mats and blankets, pails and kitchen essentials such as plates, spoons, forks, cups and glasses and frying pans and water containers.

Meanwhile, electrical short circuit was the culprit in the fire incident at Macrohon Drive in Canelar Friday night that razed to the ground over 100 houses, according to City Fire Marshall Col. Dominador Zabala, Jr.

No casualties were reported but damage to properties reached P5 million.

Zabala said investigation of the Canelar incident showed that electrical short circuit at the ceiling of a two-storey semi-concrete house caused the fire incident.

As this developed, Mayor Climaco reiterated her call for people to practice safety in handling candles and rechargeable units especially at this time when Zamboanga City experiences rotational blackouts and the dry season.

“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.”

She also thanked fire personnel from the City Fire District Office and the Volunteer Fire Brigade as well as the Philippine Air Force, Zamboanga City Water District, Aleson Shipping Lines, YL Corporation and other groups and individuals who helped provide water tankers and volunteered to respond to the fire incident.

Roughly 100 houses were razed to the ground in the Canelar fire incident with P5 million estimated cost of damage while 12 stalls at the Upper Calarian flea market were burned with damage to property estimated to cost P80,000. — Sheila Covarrubias