60 houses destroyed in Davao fire, 1 injured

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 15 Jan) – A fire caused by an overheated ceiling fan destroyed on Wednesday around 60 houses made of light materials and left one person injured at Rayco Purok 2 Bankerohan River side, Barangay 5-A, Davao City.

The fire along the banks of the Davao River in Bankerohan, Davao City shortly before noon Wednesday (15 January 2020). Photo courtesy of CADO NIÑAL

In an interview, Fire Insp. Shaira Borja, spokesperson of the Davao City Fire District, said firefighters were immediately dispatched upon receiving a report at 10:55 a.m. They managed to put out the fire at 3:23 p.m. or more than five hours later.

She said the fire emanated from the house of a certain Annie Balaga.

Balaga’s 29-year-old son Anastacio told fire investigators that he could feel the heat coming off a room next to their living room while watching television, and shortly thereafter a fire engulfed their house. Anastacio suspected an overheated ceiling fan might have caused the fire, according to Borja.

“We would like to remind the Dabawenyo to always unplug any appliances and never leave them unattended. Make sure to unplug it if you are no longer using it to prevent overheating,” she said.

Borja said a person known to residents only by his nickname, “Opaw,” was injured during the incident. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)