Fire razes 50 houses, shops in Divisoria PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 13:41

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

More than 50 houses and business establishments were razed in a fire that broke out in Divisoria at midnight last Monday and continued until dawn yesterday.

Affected residents said the fire was seen to have started at a boarding house at the Covarrubias compound and spread to several neighboring houses and stores.

Among the establishments razed were a furniture shop and a band saw lumber mill.

Residents described the flames movie-like scenes, building up wildly and consuming the houses and shops easily, apparently due to the dry season.

Occupants of the burning houses hurriedly left abandoned their abodes to save their lives.

In an interview, most of the fire victims put the blame on  the Bureau of Fire Protection firefighters who could have have saved many houses from destruction had they quickly responded to the incident.

Barangay officials of Divisoria led by chairman Jessie Macrohon and Kagawad Jemuel Mojica rushed to the fire scene and assisted the victims.

The fire was declared under control around 3 a.m. and when the flames died down, everything was seen in ashes.

Macrohon said he brought the affected families to the covert court of the barangay hall for temporary shelter.

As of yesterday morning, a total of 206 individuals or 50 families rendered homeless in the fire were accounted for by the barangay council.

Macrohon said he will confer with the school authorities of the Divisoria Elementary School to allow a portion of the school to be used as temporary shelter for the victims.

Macrohon added that most of the victims are company workers, possibly from other provinces, and are renting houses or spaces in Divisoria

The barangay chairman said it was the first time for a big fire to happen in his barangay. — Dan Toribio