DUMAGUETE CITY, June 30 (PIA) –- Acting City Fire Marshal Sr. Inspector Heidi Lynn Virtudes informed the members of the City Peace and Order Council (CPOC) that the cost of damage and destruction to property caused by fire incidents in the city dropped to P460,800 from February to June 2020 compared to P1.8-M for the same period in 2019.
It was also noted that in the same period there were 13 fire incidents this year compared to 16 incidents last year.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, chairperson of CPOC, expressed support to the need to establish additional Fire Sub-stations, continuation of Enhancement Trainings and Simulation Exercises for first responders in the city such as Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel, barangay tanods, local rescuers, city disaster personnel, NGOs, and maintenance of fire hydrants.
The city’s fire marshal expressed gratitude to the city government for the purchase of a brand new ambulance, which would boost the capability of the unit to respond to any emergency.
BFP personnel also took part in the decontamination and disinfection of the hospitals and other public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, BFP investigators also ruled that the nature of the fire that destroyed 16 residential structures in Zone 4, Brgy. Looc on Jan. 15, 2020 was accidental due to the occurrence of electrical ignition caused by overloading.
Estimated damage to property was pegged at P100,000.
The fire that destroyed about 50 houses in Brgy. Calindagan in February was a case of arson and the couple alleged to have committed the crime remain in detention. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from CPIO Dems Demecillo)