By Nonoy Lacson
ZAMBOANGA CITY – A fire of still undetermined origin razed hundreds of houses made of light materials located in four densely-populated villages in downtown Jolo in Sulu province Monday morning.
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan said the fire started at 10 a.m. at a residence located in Barangay Takut-Takut, and rapidly spread to the adjacent villages in the town proper of Jolo.
Tan said the other villages affected by the huge fire were Barangays Chinese Pier, Tulay, Zones 1 to 4.
The governor expressed fear that hundreds of his constituents have been displaced as a result of the fire.
As of press time, the fire was still raging and appeared to be hearing towards the direction of the wharf in the town proper.
Tan said he already ordered the Provincial Social Welfare and Development (PSWD) to immediately extend assistance to the affected families once the firemen declare the fire as under control.
“These are poor people living in that villages and now they will be displaced as a result of the fire,” Tan said.