500 families homeless in big Campo Islam fire PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014 11:18



The city government is in for another headache as some 500 families were rendered homeless in a big fire that razed more than 200 houses in Campo Islam Wednesday night.

This means another big expense for a relocation site and relief assistance for the some 1.000 victims of the blaze that broke out at past 6 p.m. and was placed under control around 9 p.m. The city government is currently having its hands full attending to the victims of the September 2013 siege which had triggered dozens of fires in 5 barangays and have rendered thousands of people homeless.

The affected residents blamed “blackout” for the Wednesday night disaster even as investigators were looking into an abandoned lighted candle as the origin of the conflagration. The coastal village was experiencing power outage when the fire broke out.

Iinvestigators said the fire started at the house of Darang Unga and quickly spread to neighboring houses in that densely populated area.

Aside from firefighters from the Bureau of Fire Protection, other private companies sent  water trucks to help battle the big blaze.

The affected residents were sent to the John Spirig Elementary School for temporary shelter which would cause another problem as classes have begun and the students of that school will be using the clasrooms.

Most of the houses destroyed in the Campo Islam fire were made up of light materials,.

During the conflagration, two alleged thieves were caught by some residents stealing valuables.

It was also learned that a firefighter was injured at the height of fire fighting operations.” He suffered a broken arm. — Dan Toribio Jr.