Fire incidents down, but property damage up

THE BUREAU of Fire and Protection (BFP) XI recorded a 45% decrease in the number of incidents from January to November this year against the same period in 2016. However, the amount of property damage is up.

Speaking in yesterday’s AFP-PNP press conference held at Task Force Davao headquarters, Fire Supt. Honee Fritz Alagano, the Davao fire marshall of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) XI, said that from January to November this year they recorded 276 incidents compared to 506 for the first 11 months.

“Although the number of fire incidents is less, the amount of damage is much more like the recent fire in Malagamot coconut oil mill (with damage reaching P2.8 million),” Alagano said.

This year, she said the property damage from the different incidents reached P33.6 million.

The most common cause is electrical short-circuit, second is unattended fire when homeowners were cooking food.

“Although the firefighters responded immediately, fire really escalates faster especially on houses made of light materials,” she added.

Based on their records, from January to November this year they had recorded 240 accidental fires, nine intentional, 25 cases under investigation and two undetermined.

For the causes of fire, 114 were due to electrical connection, 19 were electrical appliances, four spontaneous combustion, 11 open flame due to unattended cooking/stove, 17 open flame due to unattended torch, and lighted candles/gasera (gasoline fed torch), three LPG explosions, 27 lighted cigarettes, nine incendiary devices, two mosquito coils.

Meanwhile, the BFP XI is conducting inspections in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on stores selling Christmas lights to make sure they have the safety seal.

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