Fire hits residential area in QC

Published March 11, 2019, 9:53 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Alexandria San Juan

In time with the observation of the fire prevention month, another fire razed a residential area in Barangay Baesa, Quezon City leaving at least 900 families homeless and three people wounded.

Fire Marshal Jaime Ramirez of Bureau of Fire Protection-Quezon City, the fire started inside a bedroom of the house owned by a certain Ronnie Mañago in an informal settlers’ area in Sitio Pajo, Barangay Baesa around 12 noon.

The alarm status was immediately raised to fifth alarm around 12:29 p.m. or at least 30 minutes after the fire broke out.

The fire alarm further reached Task Force Alpha at 12:42 p.m., and Task Force Bravo at 12:47 p.m. as the blaze quickly spread to adjacent houses made of light materials.

At least 300 houses were engulfed by the fire that lasted for two hours before it was declared out at 2:02 p.m.

Meanwhile, three men who were wounded were identified as Jeoffrey Jersy, 36, who sustained an abrasion on his left foot, Vandolf Lagnedad, 16, who had a contusion on his feet, and Franklin Gacutan, 43, who sustained a punctured wound on his right foot.

Fire probers have yet to identify the cause of the fire as further investigation is still ongoing, while the estimated damage of the fire was pegged at P1.5 million.