PILI, Camarines Sur -- At least 29 houses were gutted and 35 families or nearly 200 individuals displaced by a three-hour fire in Zone 6, Bgy. San Vicente, here, are still packed at the village barangay hall waiting for the local government’s help.
Mayor Tomas Bongalonta had ordered the distribution of food packages for the fire victims and provided rubber canvasses as temporary roofing.
Many housewives with children have sought shelter at the village hall because their children have gone sick due to congestion.
San Vicente Barangay Kagawad Bernabe Velasco said they have already urged the local government to scout a temporary relocation site for the victims, who lost all their belongings and homes in the fire.
Pili arson investigator FO1 Alvin Pineda said it took time for fire trucks to access the small barangay streets of San Vicente during the fire two days ago.
He also said the blaze actually started in a neglected stove at the kitchen of Rafael Vasquez.
Bgy. San Vicente residents, who are mostly poor, have no electricity, Pineda added.
In Doña Paz Subd., Bgy. Cruzada, Legazpi City, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) personnel had complained that they could not immediately respond to a recent fire in the locality after fire trucks got entangled in the sagging electrical wires of power posts in the said locality.
BFP personnel have appealed to the local electric cooperative to lift the electric wires by 20 meters from the main subdivision road.