DILG, gov’t agencies to probe market blaze PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 13:32

Both national and local government agencies will be setting forth inquiries to look into the deadly fire at the old public market at Magay last Saturday.

Mayor Beng Climaco on Monday, November 2, said agencies such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Bureau of Fire Protection will be launching investigations on the Magay blaze to shed light and provide a technical viewpoint on the conflagration which left 15 civilians dead and destroyed P 8 M worth of properties.

The DILG team of investigators is set to arrive November 2 to start investigation according to the text message of DILG Secretary Senen Sarmiento, said Climaco. Whether the team will be a composite team or made up entirely of Bureau of Fire personnel remains to be seen.

For her part, Climaco welcomed the forthcoming investigations, saying she does not want “to leave any stone unturned.”

The local government of Zamboanga will also be launching its own probe to investigate potential administrative responsibilities and liabilities.

“I would like to caution everybody, due process must be realized because the people that are responsible that will come out in the report will also meet the penalty that is due them,” Climaco said.

The chief executive has refrained from taking any administrative action or a “one-strike policy” stand until the end of all investigations, citing the importance and need for due process of law.

“Definitely, what we are trying to tell you is we will exercise due process of the people responsible. However, we will not tolerate or whitewash those that are responsible,” she declared.

Initial investigation conducted by the City Fire Department revealed the fire originated from the stall occupied by a certain “Mannan” around 3 am Saturday and quickly spread to nearby stalls trapping occupants.

According to reports, the incident razed to the ground at least 350 stalls and partially damaged a privately-owned 3-storey building. Damage to properties is estimated at P8 million.