Acting City Fire Marshal Sr. Inspector Heidi Lynn Virtudes informed the members of the City Peace and Order Council chaired by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo that the cost of damage and destruction to property caused by fire incidents in the city dropped to P 460, 800 from February to June 2020 compared to P 1.8 million for the same period in 2019.

It was also noted that in the same period there were 13 fire incidents this year compared to 16 incidents last year 2019.

Mayor Remollo expressed support to the need to establish additional Fire Sub-stations; continuation of Enhancement Trainings and Simulation Exercises for first responders in the city (e.g. BFP Personnel, Barangay Tanods, Local Rescuers, City Disaster Personnel, NGO’s etc.) and maintenance of fire hydrants.

The City’s Fire Station expressed gratitude to the City Government for the purchase of a brand new ambulance, which would boost the capability of the unit to respond to any emergency.

Personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection also took part in the decontamination and disinfection of the hospitals and other public places to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, BFP investigators also ruled that the nature of the fire that destroyed 16 residential structures in Zone 4 Barangay Looc last January 15, 2020 was accidental due to the occurrence of electrical ignition caused by overloading. Estimated damage to property was pegged at P 100, 000.

In contrast, the fire that destroyed about 50 houses in Barangay Calindagan last February was a case of arson and the couple alleged to have committed the crime remained in detention.