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24 houses gutted by fire in Davao

June 02, 2019 - Sunday 3:06 PM by Ruth Palo

Article Banner Image Photo from Davao City Police Office

DAVAO CITY -- Twenty-four houses mostly made of light materials were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning (June 2,2019) in Purok 3 New Society Village, Ilang, Tibungco, this city.

Senior Fire Officer 3 Ramil Gillado, investigation chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Davao City, said the fire broke out at around 6:30 a.m. in one of the houses in the village.

He said initial investigation showed the fire started at the walling portion of the house occupied by Josephine Lamoste. 

Gillado said fire investigator cited electrical arcing as cause of fire.

The fire reached first alarm but was put under control at 7:18 a.m.

There were no reported casualties but one fire officer was assaulted by a still unidentified person while the operation was ongoing. 

The said person was trying to get the hose from the possession of the fire officer. 

Fire Inspector Cyrus Medina, BFP-11 Public Information Office head, said they will look into  the identity of the suspect, who is allegedly a barangay employee. 

Damage is estimated at P875,000.