- Posted April 5, 2014 by
Davao City, Philippines
Thousands left homeless in a 6-hour fire in Davao
More than 3,000 families are left homeless after a fire gutted more than a thousand houses in three coastal barangays in Davao City Friday evening.
The fire started from an unattended lighted candle in the house of one Tisay Mohammad in Isla Verde in Barangay 23-C at around 8 in the evening. The fire spread quickly and reached the neighboring villages of 22-C and 21-C.
The fire quickly spread to the neighborhood with houses mostly made of light materials. Fire personnel declared a fire out at 2 in the morning Saturday.One man died from the said fire.
According to the Bureau of Fire’s Central Fire Station, more or less 1,000 houses were affected. A social welfare worker said at least 3,700 families were affected.
Firemen who responded to the area were reportedly harmed and harassed by some residents who wanted their homes to be doused with water before anyone else’s. A firetruck was also damaged by irate residents when the firetruck ran out of water.
Residents meanwhile said that the fire personnel refused to penetrate the interior of the fire scene thus some irate fire victims hurled stones at them.
After the fire, some young residents were seen scouring some areas for illegal drugs not damaged by the fire. One of the barangays affected is a known haven for illegal drug peddlers.
Cost of damage is estimated at P15 million.