Fel Monares and Jessie Parion
Masbate City, [09.03.17] –The Masbate City Fire Marshall Office is still conducting their arson investigation to ferret out fire what was the cause of and the cost of damages to the victims of the fire that hit the row of houses this morning in Purok 3, Barangay Kinamaligan, Masbate City.
The fire started past 8:00 o’ clock in the morning and the City Fire Marshall received a call at 9:30 this morning, Acting Masbate City Fire Marshall, Senior Inspector Gerald Lavadia told Masbate Today.
Lavadia admitted that they received a fire call from a certain Chelsea Manlapaz at 9:30 and the personnel of Masbate City Fire Marshall responded to the fire scene, but since the burning houses in Purok 3 were made of light materials, the fire gutted so fast, Lavadia explained.
“I categorically belie the accusations that we were delayed in responding to fire call,” Lavadia said during the interview.
The City Fire Marshall declared the fire out past 10:00 o’ clock this morning with 15 houses were razed by the fire.
Arnel Aum, a fire victim narrated to Masbate Today that he lost everything to the big fire and it scattered so swift because the wind was also rapidly blowing as if fanning the howling fire.
Aum also lamented the seemingly slow response from the firemen.
In the same vein, another resident also blamed the slow response.
Jupiter Baliwagan, an elected Barangay Kagawad of Barangay Kinamaligan also disappointed to the slow response of the firefighters, Baliwagan said it took more than ten minutes before the response arrived.