2 fires in a day

26 houses damaged in Agdao, Bankerohan
JUST two days before the Fire Prevention Month ends, two fire incidents hit the city, damaging 26 houses in Agdao and Bankerohan, on Wednesday.

Twenty houses in Purok 9, South Bay, Barangay Lapu-Lapu, Agdao District were razed to the ground around 3 p.m., affecting 40 families.

Around 9:20 p.m. that day, fire also hit six houses in Purok 9B, Lower Madapo Hills in Bankerohan. Barangay 8-A, Poblacion.

In the Agdao incident, the investigation revealed that the fire started in the house owned by Marilou Prazo Lupermo, where a five-year-old boy was reportedly left alone to play.

The boy found a disposable lighter and he played with it, said BFP XI fire investigator SFO1 Louie Baguio.

It caused the fire that immediately scattered to the other houses that were made of light materials.

The BFP, with the help of Central 911 Fire auxiliary services and the Davao volunteer fire brigade, immediately responded to the incident.

Fire fighters controlled the fire around 3:40 p.m. but not after damaging P800,000-worth of properties in 26 houses.

In the Bankerohan incident, San Pedro Police Precinct commander Chief Insp. Ramil Macarampat said the fire started at the house of Ireneo Pacatang.

An unattended lighted candle reportedly caused the fire.

Pacatang’s house was made of light materials that the fire immediately spread to nearby houses.

The fire that lasted for an hour was put to end by firefighters of the BFP and the Central 911 fire auxiliary. No damage was yet reported.


The Wednesday incidents brought to a total of 13 fire incidents to hit the city this fire prevention month.

Prior to the incidents, BFP public information officer Fire Insp. Kristine Marvic Damoslog said the fire incidents to hit the city in the month of March reduced by more than half compared to last year’s record. It was even lower compared to the first two months of the year.

During the AFP-PNP press conference on Wednesday morning, Damoslog said they recorded 11 incidents from March 1 to March 29 in the city.

Last year, 35 fire incidents hit the city in the month of March. The 2016 incidents, the BFP official said, were aggravated by El Nino.

Affected mostly were residential areas, said Damoslog adding that the most common causes of fire were unattended cooking and lighted candle.

For the first two months of the year, the BFP recorded 55 fires in the city: 25 in January and 30 in February.

In the same period, the BFP recorded 53 other fire incidents in the region’s five provinces: 26 in Davao del Sur, 10 in Davao Oriental, nine in Davao del Norte, five in Compostela Valley, and three in Davao Occidental.

They are still collating the record for the month of March.