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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, January 28, 2011
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P.5M lost in Brgy 17 fire

About half a million pesos worth of properties  turned into ashes when fire hit a makeshift warehouse and a residence at Purok Paghidaet in Brgy. 17 in Bacolod City early yesterday morning.

Surprised residents, who were awakened by the fire, scampered to save their belongings before fleeing their homes.

Bacolod City Fire Bureau arson investigator, Fire Officer 3 Joey Michael Victoriano, said they received a call from Veronica Ferrer at about 1:42 a.m. informing them that the warehouse owned by Elaina Bustamante at No. 40-C Burgos Street in Purok Paghidaet was on fire.

Three fire trucks from the BFP were sent to the place and were assisted by those from the Amity and Chinese Chamber fire volunteer brigades. The fire was put out at about 2:26 a.m., Victoriano said.

Initial investigation showed that the fire originated from the warehouse of Bustamante, where old household items were kept and rapidly spread to the neighboring house occupied by her daughter Elaine and her husband, Joemarie Ricopuerto, Victoriano also said.

Although arson investigators are still working on what had caused the fire, Bacolod Fire Marshal, Fire Chief Insp. Pamela Rojane Candido, said they are now entertaining several angles.

Candido said that there is a possibility that the fire was caused by the improper disposal of a cigaret butt. But it is not also far-fetched that it was intentionally done, she added.

Candido theorized that someone might have robbed the warehouse and intentionally set the place on fire as a cover up.

The fire in Brgy.17 yesterday was the fourth incident this month.*APN

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