By Tara Yap
Iloilo City — A fire razed at least 50 homes in a Muslim community in Boracay Island, a popular tourist destination.
Acting Mayor Frolibar Bautista of Malay town, Aklan province told the Manila Bulletin in a phone interview that the fire was very near a mosque.
He initially estimated that over 100 structures at the minimum or some 200 structures maximum were affected by the blaze, which occurred at the hilly portion of Sitio Ambulong in Barangay Manocmanoc.
“We are still getting data from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP),” Bautista added.
However, a 2 p.m. report released by Malay Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) confirmed 50 damaged structures, as well as the displacement of at least 185 people.
Citing witnesses, Bautista said the fire began at 8:30 a.m. in the kitchen of an unnamed resident.
Flmaes quickly spread to neighboring structures that were mostly boarding houses for workers of the popular resort island.
The location also posed a challenge to firemen since it could only be accessed by foot.