Jolo fire leaves thousands homeless Print
Thursday, 26 July 2018 17:32

By Dan Toribio

More than 5,000 famlies were left homeless while an estimated 3,000 houses were burned during a conflagration which razed structures in three Jolo villages last Tuesday.

Eight persons, including two minors were injured during the blaze.

The fire reportedly started at about 2 p.m. Tuesday and lasted until 8 p.m. before firemen declared it fire out.

Initial reports stated that a loud explosion was heard before the fire started, giving rise to speculations that faulty electrical wiring was the cause of the fire.

Fire investigators, however, continue their investigation. Zan Tulawie, Jolo Social Welfare Officer, said that  a total of 5,200 families composed of 26,000 individuals have been affected.

Former Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said that the number of affected families can still go up as social welfare personnel continue to assist the victims.

Most of the victims were living in houses made of light materials located along the villages of Port Area and Busbus in Jolo Municipality and the nearby town of Lambayong in Indanan, Sulu.

The. victims were immediately assisted by the local government through the Social Welfare and Development Office and are now housed in temporary evacuation centers.

The fire raged for hours because firefighters experienced difficulty in responding due to narrow roads in the affected communities.

Tan appealed to the national government and to Sulu traders to assist the victims.

As of presstime, fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the conflagration and the estimated damage to property.(Dan Toribio with reports from Ely Dumaboc)