LAPU-LAPU CITY — Some 100 houses were razed down in a two-hour fire that hit Sitio Arca, Barangay Pusok in Lapu-Lapu City at past 9 pm Monday.
Fire investigators said no one was reported injured in the fire.
They said they have yet to determine the damage caused by the fire, which left some 100 families or 500 individuals homeless.
The fire victims were given temporary shelter at the Barangay Pusok Elementary School and covered gym.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza, who visited the fire victims, said they will be given food for the next three days.
About 30 fire trucks from as far as Talisay City responded to the fire site.
Pusok Barangay Captain Caridad Dawat opened the Pusok Elementary School and gym as well as a multipurpose hall below the Fernan Bridge to house the displaced fire victims.
Firefighters found it difficult to put out the fire due to strong winds and the fire site’s location which cannot be entered by vehicles.
Most of the residents in Sitio Arca, Barangay Pusok are workers from the Mactan Export Processing Zone.
Dawat said the barangay council has declared the fire site under calamity status so they can use calamity funds to assist the fire victims. PNA/northboundasia.com