Digos market fire damages P25 million

A THREE-HOUR fire at the old Digos public market damaged at least P25 million-worth of properties in Digos City, Davao del Sur on Christmas Eve.

The Bureau of Fire and Protection is still conducting investigation to know the cause of the fire that gutted at least 135 stalls at the old public market that started at 7:50 p.m. on Dec. 24 as residents were rushing at the market to buy foods for the Noche Buena.

“We are looking into different assumptions,” City Fire Marshal, Sr. Insp. Karl Badilles, told TIMES. “It can be electrical, open flame… or even arson.”

However, he said arson may be unlikely since there were still several people at the market at that time.

But this early, Badilles already discounted firecrackers and pyrotechnics as the cause of the fire.

Badilles said they are waiting for witnesses to come out.

“We are waiting for credible witnesses who can give good information,” he said.

Badilles said they received the fire call at 8:18 p.m. and they responded immediately.

The fire officer said they had a hard time controlling the fire since the market was made of light materials.

The fire was declared under control by 11:30 p.m. after affected the one-hectare market.

There was no reported casualty during the incident.

In other news, an explosion was heard inside the ammunition dump of Police Regional Office XI in Camp Quintin Merecido yesterday around 3 p.m.

An ammunition dump (AmmoDump) is the stock room of the gun powder, grenade and other explosives device that were confiscated and used by the PNP personnel on their training.

According to the report, the police inside the camp heard about a sudden explosion then followed by a smoke.

Personnel of Bureau of Fire and Protection XI immediately responded into the incident and were able to control the smoke inside around 3:40 p.m. It was determined that a propellant charge that exploded Reportedly, the cause of the explosion was due to the hot temperature.

The other explosives left were brought outside to clear and clean the stock room.

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