Carmen and Talisay fires destroy P1M worth of properties

A fire that hit a bus stop in Barangay Luyang, in the city of Carmen, caused property damage estimated at 800,000 pesos. | Photo screen taken from a photo contributed via Paul Lauro

CEBU CITY, Philippines – More than one million pesos or 1.17 million pesos worth of goods went up in smoke after two separate fires at least five hours apart today, March 19, hit a shutdown of bus or bus station in Carmen Town, North Cebu and a two-story house in Talisay City, South Cebu.

The first fire occurred at a bus station in Barangay Luyang, Carmen city, and destroyed property worth an estimated 800,000 pesos.

Nearly five hours later, a fire engulfed a two-story house in Barangay Linao, in the city of Talisay, in the south of Cebu, causing damage estimated at 370,000 pesos.

LOOK: A fire destroys the Carmen bus station

In the Carmen fire, investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire at the bus station.

Fire Officer 3 (FO3) Edea Maria Negrido of the Carmen Fire Station, said no residential houses were affected by the fire as firefighters ensured the blaze did not spread. would not spread to neighboring houses.

Negrido said stopping the blaze from spreading to nearby homes was one of the challenges firefighters faced in battling the blaze.

She said the fire was reported at 10.50am today, March 19, and they were able to respond immediately.

The fire was declared under control at 11:15 a.m. and declared extinguished at 12:55 p.m.

Negrido said it took them almost 2 hours to put out the fire due to the wind and we wanted to make sure the fire wouldn’t rekindle.

She also said it was the first fire in the city in March.

With this incident, Negrido encouraged the public to be more careful and careful with their appliances and appliances or cooking their meals to prevent fires from occurring.

“Magamping community lang unta sa kanunay. For example, magsaksak beacon devices, di gyud nato byaan. You used your cell phone, and now you have a link to your power outlet. Sa pagluto, dili pod nato byaan, magsalig raba nga naa ra dinha,” she added.

(The community should always be careful. For example, if we plug in our devices, we should not leave them with the plug still in the outlet. And if we use our cell phones (which we charge), we should remove them from the socket. In the kitchen, you shouldn’t leave it because you usually think it’s just there.)

Carmen is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Cebu. It is estimated to be at least 42 kilometers north of Cebu City.

Talisay fire

LOOK: Fire trips house in Talisay

Five hours later in Talisay City on the other side of Cebu in South Cebu, another fire affected a residential area and damaged a house in a housing estate in Barangay Linao.

Fire investigators at the Talisay Fire Station estimated property damage at 370,000 pesos.

According to the report from the Talisay City Fire Station, the fire started in a room on the second floor of the two-story house at 3 p.m.

Gyn Elumbaring, one of the people living in the house, told fire investigators that she and a companion had just arrived from the house after work when she and her companion smelled something burning on the second stage.

“Pagsaka sa kwarto, ang kadtong stainless sa bed nalanay na siya then ang kutson nasunog na,” Elumbaring said.

(When we went up to the room [on the second floor]the stainless steel bed and the cushion on it were already on fire.)

The Talisay City Fire Station report said the estimated property damage caused by the fire was valued at P370,000.

The report says the fire was extinguished after 25 minutes.

Talisay City is a 3rd class component of Cebu Province City, located at least 10 kilometers south of Cebu City.

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