BACOLOD CITY, April 24 — A fire gutted close to a hundred houses located in six puroks in Barangay Banago here, Wednesday.
In an interview over the radio, Pastor Ramy Aloba of Baptist Church said the fire started in the house of a woman believed to be suffering from a nervous breakdown.
The fire first erupted around 12:00 noon in Purok Katilingban Zone 1.
Strong wind coming from the beach near the village fanned the fire, causing it to spread to neighboring puroks.
The fire speedily spread since the houses affected were mostly made of bamboo.
Other affected puroks were Katilingban Zone 2, Balinday, Langis, San Mateo and Cauayan.
Responding fire fighters from Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) here found it hard to contain the fire due to narrow pathways going to the site.
Bacolod City Fire Marshal Chief Insp. Bartolome Biliran has declared a general fire alarm to prompt neighboring fire stations in Negros Occidental to respond.
These were the volunteer fire brigades in the metro and those from BFP stations in cities of Silay, Bago and Talisay.
But at 1:45 p.m., Biliran lifted the fire alarm and declared that fire was already under control.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Thaddeus Sayson said they are now preparing Domingo Lacson National High School as temporary evacuation center for the affected families.
Sayson said they also instructed the Department of Social Services and Development to provide necessary relief assistance to the affected families.
BFP-Bacolod City could not yet account the value of properties damaged. There were also no reports yet of casualty or injured during the incident. (PNA)