DAGUPAN firefighters’ mettle were tested to the limit, as two fire incidents hit the city in one day and in which a senior citizen died in one.
The first incident, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Dagupan, happened at around 3 a.m. when the ancestral house of Mario Cabansag at the PNR site in Mayombo District caught fire.
FO1 Andrew Pasana, duty investigator, said fire broke out after Cabansag’s brother, Teodoro, left the wooden stove unattended.
The house, made up of wood and other light materials was rapidly consumed by the flame that spread to three neighbors’ houses.
Mario was sleeping when the fire broke out and failed to run out. His scorched body was recovered after the fire has been put out.
1 p.m., another fire broke out along Nueva Street in the city’s central business district. (See related story).
The street, being narrow, made response by bulky fire trucks difficult, that prompted only BFP’s penetrator (small firetruck) to respond first but since its water tank was small, resupplying from the fire incident further delayed the fire fight.
FO4 Marcelo Meneses Jr., Dagupan BFP chief, said the fire started in one of the stalls owned by a certain Mary Nardo.
In an interview, Nardo said the fire broke out when a fuse in her stall malfunctioned.
“Natutulog kaming mag-ina nang biglang may pumutok sa fuse, nagsisisigaw kami tapos bigla nang lumaki yung sunog”, she said.
The fire was declared out by 2:40 p.m.
Damage suffered in both incidents is still being determined at presstime. (Ahikam Pasion)
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