Fire razes 40 houses in Jolo PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 June 2011 16:53

Millions of pesos worth of properties were razed in a fire that hit the capital town of Jolo, Sulu, Wednesday shortly before noon, according to a police report.
At least 40 houses, including  an Islamic School  (turas)  owned by Ustadz Rakib were turned into ashes while four other buildings were slightly damaged in the three-hour conflagration at the busy Serantes Street, Barangay Walled City where dozens of families were rendered homeless, the police said.

Jolo Municipal Hussin Amin said personnel from his office rushed to the  scene and extended relief assistance to some 60 families who have fled their burning homes.
Amin said that “because it was a windy day, the fire spread so swiftly  and easily to the nearby structures.” Badly damaged is the Islamic school,” Amin reported.

Among the partially damaged structures was another school, the Administration building of Southern Mindanao Islamic Institute owned by the late Sulu Grand Imam Yacub Ismi, one of the local colleges in Jolo town. The fire was put out at 2:45 in the afternoon. Victims of the blaze are temporarily housed in evacuation centers while  some are with their relatives in nearby barangays.

An estimated over two million pesos worth of properties went up in smoke, the mayor said.
Investigation disclosed that the fire originated at the abandoned house of Kamlaka Idan while the cause of the fire remains unknown as of press time.
Jolo police who rushed to the scene of the incident said that no one was injured.

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports reaching authorities revealed that the abandoned house where the fire broke out was being used earlier as warehouse of flammable materials like gasoline imported from Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.  However, the mayor said an intelligence report also revealed that the abandoned house was being used as “pot session” den of drug pushers and users.

The mayor ordered a thorough probe of the fire.  — faber_concepcion2004