By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) has reported an estimated P1.3 million worth of damage in a fire that hit a portion of a public market at Brgy. Poblacion in Bago City, Negros Occidental Monday, Oct. 3.
Fire Officer 3 Rudy Geroche, chief personnel of Bago City Fire Station, said the fire destroyed 13 stalls and damaged three others.
Geroche said a man sustained first-degree burn after he tried to save some items from the burning stalls. He is now okay.
The BFP received the fire call around 8:35 p.m. and raised it to third alarm due to thick smoke and big flames.
Augmentation from neighboring fire stations in the towns of Valladolid and San Enrique, as well as Bacolod’s fire substation in Brgy. Sum-ag, and other volunteer fire brigades responded to the fire call.
Based on the initial investigation of the BFP, the fire started from the store of a certain “Bryan Baring.”
“Initially, the blaze was caused by overheat electrical wiring. It probably didn’t sustain the heat from the insulator,” Geroche said.
The fire immediately spread to neighboring stalls through the ceiling made of light materials, Geroche said.
The flames even became bigger due to inflammable materials and some products inside the stores, he added
Geroche said it took them more than two hours to contain the fire since all stores were already closed.
“We were forced to destroy the roll-up doors of the stores in order to directly contain the fire,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mayor Nicholas Yulo, who also responded to the area that night, said that the city government will provide financial assistance to the affected stall owners.