By Tara Yap
ILOILO CITY – A fire that struck Bolilao village in Mandurriao district of this city Friday afternoon totally burned 48 houses and damaged three others.
According to Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP Iloilo City), many of the damaged structures were made out of light materials as the area is known to host boarding houses for workers and students who work and study in the city.
Based on investigation, the fire may have been caused by an illegal electrical connection that malfunctioned.
Data from the Iloilo City Social Welfare and Development Office showed that at least 700 people have been displaced and are temporarily staying at Bolilao Elementary School.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) augmented relief operations of the city government by giving out food packs to the victims.
The city government under Mayor Jose Espinosa III pledged to release P10,000 financial assistance to those whose homes were totally damaged, while P7,000 will be given to those whose house were partially damaged.