ILOILO CITY – An early morning fire in Barangay Ortiz here razed 88 houses with estimated damage of PHP1.017 million, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said on Friday.
A total of 101 families were displaced with 76 houses totally damaged and 12 partially burned., a report from the BFP added.
The affected individuals are now staying in 18 classrooms at the nearby University of Iloilo (UI)-PHINMA.
The fire was placed under control at 3:55 a.m. and fire out was declared at 7 a.m.
In an interview, Iloilo City Fire Marshall Chief Inspector Melanie Habawel said the fire started in the house owned by Virginia Galon.
However, the neighbors claimed that the house was unoccupied since Iloilo City implemented the enhanced community quarantine on March 17.
In his regular press conference, Mayor Jerry Treñas said that the city government has already extended assistance comprising of 500 pieces of washable face masks, 200 bottles of drinking water, 500 loaves of bread, 150 packs of hygiene kits, three boxes of diaper for kids and three boxes of alcohol.
“These are just initial, we will send more,” Treñas said.
Social Welfare Officer 1 Ann Rapunzel Ganzon said aside from food packs, the affected families will also be receiving financial aid under the assistance to individuals in a crisis situation (AICS).
Families whose houses were totally burned will be receiving PHP10,000 and PHP7,000 for those with partially damaged houses.
She added that they also closely monitoring the situation at the evacuation center to make sure that proper protocols are followed amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) threat. (IA/PNA)