240 families left homeless by Ilang fire

240 families left homeless by Ilang fire
Part of the 210 houses gutted by the fire. (Photo courtesy of Sammy Baug of DXRR )

DAVAO CITY – At least 240 families were left homeless when fire hit a residential area at Block 8 and 9 Muslim Village Vista Mar Purok 11 in Barangay Ilang here on Wednesday night (April 28).

The fire gutted some 210 houses and caused an estimated P2 million worth of damage to properties according to fire responders. City Fire District Investigation and Intelligence chief Senior Fire Officer 4 Ramil Gillado said they received the fire alarm at 9:42 p.m, Wednesday. He said no one was reported injured.

The fire was placed under control at 11.08 p.m and officials declared fire out at 2:26 a.m, Thursday.

The fire started from the house of 49-year-old Alicia Caymo and
spread speedily  as most of nearby houses were made of light materials and built close to each other.

Investigation revealed that firefighters found it difficult to put out the fire because of the narrow pathways. The wooden footbridges were also burned.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation. However, based on the testimony of witness Amina Amil,  who is the neighbour of Caymo, she said, prior to the incident she saw Alicia’s husband Joseph who was allegedly drunk went wild inside their house.
Amil said after a few seconds she suddenly saw the kitchen part of Caymo’s house on flames. 

Some of the survivors of the fire were temporarily sheltered in a barangay covered court while others are now staying in Madrasa school situated nearby the place.