Fire causes $59.5 million in damage in Cebu City
CEBU CITY, Philippines – An estimated 59 million pesos worth of property was damaged in a fire in downtown Cebu City on Friday morning, April 8, 2022
The Cebu City Fire Bureau pegged the estimated cost of damage at 59.5 million pesos in the blaze reported at 8:40 a.m. and declared “extinguished” at 12:16 p.m.
The fire engulfed two buildings along Legaspi Street in Barangay Sato. Nino. The buildings sat on an area of 1,700 square meters.
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Fortunately, no deaths or injuries were reported in this fire.
According to Senior Fire Officer (SFO2) Wendell Villanueva, information officer for the Cebu City Fire Bureau, the fire initially started on the third floor of a five-story building. However, they have yet to verify this pending further investigation.
“Dunay nag renovates, idto [possible nag sugod], gypsy-aw nila possible dunay nag welding. After gathering all the information, makahatag ta’g dugang nga detalye, “ said Villanueva.
(There was a renovation going on, it could have started there. Maybe there was someone doing welding activities. After gathering all the information, we can give more details.)
Villanueva said the fire was spotted through a 360-degree camera set up in the city, which was eventually also called and reported.
The fire was raised to the third alarm at 8:55 a.m.
Villanueva said their concurrent exercise on a high-rise building on March 29, 2022, greatly assisted the firefighters in extinguishing this fire.
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Of the four aerial ladders CCFO has, Villanueva said he only used one for this fire.
With that, Villanueva said they will do monthly simulation exercises involving high-rise buildings to further improve their skills in responding to situations like this.
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