City responds to San Roque blaze PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 13:08

The City Government Monday night mobilized resources to respond to the fire incident in San Roque as well and at the same time assist the displaced families.

Personnel from the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office under Dr. Elmeir Apolinario were deployed to assist the City Fire District headed by Col. Dominador Zabala Jr. in fire fighting and rescue operations. The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) headed by Socorro Rojas came in to assist the 43 families whose houses were razed to the ground.

Personnel from the City Health Office were deployed also to check on the health condition of the victims, particularly the children and the aged and the vulnerable.

Per record from the City Fire District, a total of 30 houses made of light materials were affected by the blaze at Feliciano Drive in barangay San Roque around 6:30 pm Monday. The blaze started on the bedroom of a second-floor house owned by Teresita Bernardo and rapidly spread to the other houses.  It was caused by an unattended kerosene lamp.

Nobody was hurt during the incident  but damage to properties was estimated at P1 million.

Rojas said some affected families are temporarily housed at the San Roque covered court while others are at the Senior Citizens Center. The others have opted to stay with their relatives nearby.

The CSWDO provided food packs, mats and ready-to-eat snacks with juice while the Office of the Mayor also gave out water and slippers.

Two senior citizens were given wheelchairs by the Barangay Council of San Roque.

Meanwhile, Acting Mayor Cesar Iturralde re-echoed the City Government appeal for residents to continue practicing fire safety and prevention measures in the light of the dry season and the frequent power interruption.

Iturralde said the City Government will assist the affected families through relief assistance and financial assistance based on the assessment to be made by the CSWDO. — Sheila Covarrubias