Bunkhouse razed in Tugbungan Print
Friday, 07 September 2018 17:27

by dan toribio

A large bunkhouse, which serves as a housing quarter for some 93 stay-in workers of a lumberyard, was totally burned yesterday afternoon in Barangay Tugbungan, this city.

According to Butch Balismo, owner of the lumberyard, the fire started shortly before 3:30 p.m. at one of the quarters of a stay-in laborer, and it quickly spread to the other units of the bunkhouse.

Belismo said the fire engulfed the entire structure of the bunkhouse since it was simply made of light materials.

Responding firemen dosed the fire with their water cannons and effectively prevented the fire to spread to other parts of the neighborhood.

Initial investigation disclosed that the fire started at the quarter of Charlie Evil, a stay-in laborer, before it quickly spread to other housing units. The cause of fire was attributed to faulty electrical wiring, Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) report said.

Atty Jufel Brañanola, city fire marshall, said the blaze totally burned the entire bunkhouse, which is composed of  20 units and are being occupyied by 93 individuals, mostly stay-in laborers of the lumberyard while the others are workers of a fishing firm.

Fire out was declared at 5 p.m. with no casualty reported.

Brañanola said the estimated damage to properties was placed at P200,000.

Meanwhile, the bunkhouse owner said that luckily the fire took place in day time as everybody is out in their respective work.—Dan Toribio