5 injured in explosion sparked by grassfire PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 January 2016 11:59

by DAN TORIBIO JR.

 

Five people, including a fireman, were injured when an unexploded ordnance (UXO) went off  due to a grassfire outside a house in Kasanyangan at noon yesterday.

Carl Barrios, house owner,  told DZT that around 12 noon he set fire to a garbage pile, but the flames grew out of control  and spread the dried grasses in the backyard.

Barrios said as the flames spread, he called the fire station.

However while firemen were dousing water on the burning grasses, a loud explosion took place.

One of the firemen identified as FO1 Marlon Ignacio, Dan-Dan Tahalula, a volunteer of Crime Watch and three kibitzers, were hit by shrapnels and fragments.

The victims were rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Men from the Tetuan Police Station led by Insp. Abdulgafur Maani rushed to the blast site and conducted a post blast investigation along with a Bomb Squad team.

Maani said it was an unexploded ordnance (UXO) or a leftover explosive during of the 2013 siege that went due to the heat generated by the fire.

Bomb experts were still trying to determine what kind of explosive which went off during the fire.

Barrios said he was not aware of the presence of the explosive in their residential compound. – Dan Toribio Jr.