A suspected drug user sets his grandmother’s house on fire, which razed nine adjacent houses, following an argument with his live-in partner in Pasig City the other night, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Pasig City.
Supt. Arturo Marcos, Pasig City fire marshal, said Peter John Andaman,36, tricycle driver, allegedly burned the house of his grandmother, Beatriz Andaman, 66, at 2664 Rodriguez Compound, Tramo Bgy. Rosario, at 9:15 p.m. Monday.
A report submitted by arson investigator SFO2 Robert Maravilla said that the old Andaman was watching television at the ground floor of their two-storey house together with her granddaughter Criselda Vargas, 15, when they heard a loud thud coming from the suspect’s room.
She later on saw the suspect and his girlfriend, Fatima Grace Co, arguing while the former was holding a flaming blanket and dropped it, triggering a fire that quickly immediately spread and gutted the whole house as well as nine adjacent houses.
The BFP-Pasig quickly responded and put out the fire which was declared fireout at 10:35 p.m.
Marcos said no casualty was reported on the fire which reached fifth alarm.
An estimated P.5 million worth of properties were destroyed and 10 families were left homeless.
The couple were taken by the police for investigation.
According to Maravilla, the suspect is now in their custody and detained at the BFP-Pasig City jail.
Charges of arson will be filed against the young Andaman before the Pasig City Prosecutor’s Office.
Senior Insp. Anthony Arroyo, fire investigation chief, said the young Andaman was still high on drugs when turned over by the police and barangay officials.