ILOILO CITY–It’s terribly ironic that two fires broke out within minutes of each other on the very first day of Fire Prevention Month: one in Iloilo Province and the other in Iloilo City.
In the lone Iloilo component city of Passi, two houses in Brgy. Poblacion-Ilaya, just across the Passi City Public Market, went up in flames around noontime today, March 1.
A netizen posted a live report of the incident on Facebook.
According to Passi City mayor Stephen Palmares, one of the two houses was deemed totally gutted while the other one was only partially damaged.
Based on the initial investigation by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Passi City, it was learned that the source of the conflagration was electrical in nature.
Palmares said a more thorough probe of the incident by the BFP-Passi City is ongoing to ascertain the exact source of the fire, including the estimated amount of damage to property it caused.
Meanwhile, in Iloilo City, at around the same time as the Passi City incident, a blaze also erupted in Brgy. Jibao-an Sur in the district of Mandurriao.
Based on initial information from residents in the area, the house, which was owned by one Philip David, was empty of people when the fire broke out.
The victim’s neighbors helped each other put out the flames.
The David household, meanwhile, would be temporarily housed in the barangay hall while the family rebuilds a makeshift dwelling in the same area. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)