10 families lose houses in Lamitan fire PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:59

Ten families were rendered homeless after their houses were razed in a fire that broke out in Barangay Sta. Clara, Lamitan City last Saturday night.

According to the Bureau of Fire Protection in Lamitan City, it was almost 9 p.m. when they received a call about a fire that broke out in Sta. Clara.

When firemen arrived in the area, the flames have already destroyed about one block which was an apartment-type of residencial building.

Fire Officer 3 Anthony Paculdo said the fire started at the store of the Yunson family and quickly spread towards the apartment type building.

Paculdo said initial investigation showed the cause of the fire was overloaded electrical connection. The fire spread rapidly allegedly due to gasoline and kerosene being sold at the store.

The blaze was placed under control after two hours as the Lamitan fire station does not have enough firefighting equipment. Assistance was sought from the United Evangelical Church Firefighter Group in Isabela to help put off the fire.

Estimated damaged was P1 million.

The management of Sta. Clara Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development Cooperative (SCARBIDC) pledged to construct new houses for the fire victims.

The Lamitan City government under Mayor Roderick Furigay together with Lamitan Tourism Council chair si Rose Furigay immediately extended food, clothes and financial assistance to the affected families. — Richard Falcatan