As the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) celebrated the start of Fire Prevention Month last March 1, 2014 with a parade of all fire trucks and simultaneous blowing of horns for 5 minutes, the city's firemen also became busy with the 4 fire incidents happening around Cebu City and provinces.
The latest fire incident was the one that occurred yesterday at 12:30 PM on Tower II in Crown Regency Hotel and Towers Osmeña Blvd. branch. According to the reports, the fire started through a gas leak from the hotel's generator causing a thick black smoke and a minor fire to which the firefighters have immediately responded to and successfully managed after 10 minutes. Reports also say that the incident left an estimated PHP10, 000 worth of damaged properties, an amount that is thankfully lower compared to the rest of the fire incidents during the first few days of March.
The first fire in March this year happened in Barangay Daantabogon in the municipality of Tabogon, north of Cebu. A house that was owned by Severina Gonzaga, 85, caught on fire burning out an estimated total of PHP750,o00. An AUV also caught fire on March 1, 12 noon, at the South Road Properties because of defective vehicle wiring. Another fire hit the house of a resident in Sitio Pangpang, Andress Abellana Extension, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City, which was caused by electrical short circuit.
Because of these fire incidents, the Cebu City Fire Department is strongly advising Cebuanos to be really vigilant with their properties now that the hot season is on. Watch out for any electrical wiring defects and never let kids play with matches and other flammable materials at home to prevent fire.
Sadly, fire reports in Cebu have increased this year with a total number of 114 fire incidents just for the first 2 months of 2014, a number that's obviously higher compared to the 47 recorded incidents last year. Despite these, the Cebu City Fire Department hopes that more and more Cebuano houses and properties will be more fire-proof now that they launched a pilot program that lets different fire stations to adopt a barangay and a school where they can provide fire prevention education. The said activity, according to Senior Supt. Ma. Luisa Hadjula, BFP-7 Director, will not just develop fire awareness among Cebuanos but will also improve firemen's visibility around the city. The primary focus of this program will be given to the barangays that are frequently hit by fire, including Kamputhaw, Mabolo, Lahug, Sawang Calero, Mambaling, Pasil, Suba, and Ermita.