CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Bureau of Fire Protection said the three-hour fire that hit the city’s commercial district left two people killed, two hurt, one missing and destroyed about P10 million worth of properties.
Supt. Shirley Teleron, the city fire marshal, said arson investigators were still determining the cause of the fire that gobbled up about 200 houses of mixed concrete and light materials.
Jane Campaner, secretary of Barangay 35 where the fire occurred, said that they already listed more than 100 people who were rendered homeless. “We expect more to come,” she said.
Investigators identified the fatalities as Lebron Dumagat and his nephew, Gerbie Dumagat. Linlin Malacaya, the alleged lived-in partner of Dumagat remains missing.
Investigators recovered the body of Lebron Dumagat along the pathway between two houses while the body of his nephew was found in the razed house.
The Dumagats must have been trapped as the fire gobbled up the houses past 2 p.m. Thursday.
The two other people who were injured remain unidentified, although witnesses told investigators that they were brought to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Teleron said that investigators are looking into various possibilities that might have caused the Thursday fire – the fifth to occur here.
“Whether the fire was intentional or accidental, that would be the subject of the investigation,” Teleron said.