1,366 houses, buildings razed in confflict areas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 September 2013 11:28

Some 1,366 houses and buildings were razed in 15 reported fires that broke out in six conflict areas since the standoff started on Sept. 9. Total estimated damage is P19.66 million, according to fire statistics released by the Bureau of Fire and Protection under Fire Marshall Supt. Dominador Zabala Jr.

The statistics showed an estimated 178 buildings and houses were burned in Sta. Barbara with estimated damage at

P2.45 million.

In Sta. Catalina, 594 buildings and houses were razed with an estimated damage at P8.32 million; Mariki — 200 houses with P2 million damage; Rio Hondo — 390 houses with P6.38 million’ Zone 4 —  3 with P 500,000 damage; Mampang —1 with estimated P10,000.

The Zamboanga City Fire District’s various units and fire engine company (FEC) of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) have bravely responded to the series of fire incidents city as a result of the 14-day old crisis that has resulted in the displacement of thousands of families and the burning of  roughly 1,367 building/structures.

ZCFD Fire Marshal, F/Supt. Dominador F. Zabala, Jr., who officially reported the number of houses that were razed during the heavy exchange of gun-fires between MNLF Misuari Faction and government forces, said that a total of 15 fire incidents were reported to the ZCFD since Day 1

Zabala said the MNLF gunmen were reportedly burning houses to allow themselves to retreat and escape from pursuing government troops

However, Zabala explained, that some of their firefighting units were not allowed or given clearance by the military due threats on their life from MNLF snipers.