A FEW minutes after welcoming the year 2018, at least 50 houses at Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, Agdao in Davao City were gutted by fire.
The fire started around 12:15 a.m. at the corner of Lakatan and Marang streets, Jereza Subdivision in Barangay Wilfredo Aquino, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
“During that time, residents were enjoying their respective parties and according to my purok leader Neneng Guerra, the fire started on the second floor of one of the houses here,” Barangay captain Leo Aquino said.
“Firemen immediately responded after 10 minutes of call but the problem was they cannot save the houses because the fire spread right away about 10 minutes,” Aquino said.
BFP Davao City officer-in-charge, Chief Inspector Joycelyn Grant said the fire originated from the house of Flora Rodriguez.
Grant said a witness, identified as Lauro Lim, saw the house of Rodriguez in flames while people were out on the streets to welcome the New Year.
Probers have yet to determine the cause of the blaze.
“Kung sino man ang mananagot, kakasuhan natin,” Grant said.
There was no reported casualty nor injury in the incident. It was declared under control at around 1:02 a.m. (RONDA Balita Online News)