Surigao fire burns city block to ashes; 12 houses damaged

Surigao City (November 7) -- A fire razed business streets of this city leaving the entire block of Kaimo-Ginema and Kaimo-Borja streets almost to ashes leaving the Claejesan family building and the building occupied by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) with their contents unfazed.

Initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection showed that the fire started at the residence of Brigido Guyano in the interior part of the block due to an attended candle. It then quickly spread to nearby houses made of wooden materials, a fire official said.

The fire engulfed about 12 houses in the area with flames reaching up to 40 meters high and thick, black smoke billowed from the structures.

Moreover, a considerable number of firefighters fought the blaze all night and prevented the fire from spreading in other blocks particularly in Rizal St., the main thoroughfare of the city.

Fire investigator FO2 Bolonia said that the two-hour fire caused a total damage of three million pesos. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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