ZAMBOANGA CITY — Fifteen people, including six children, perished while 13 others were injured in a fire that hit this city’s old public market Saturday dawn.
Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr., Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD) fire marshal, said the fire razed 350 stalls, mostly used-clothing shops, and partially destroyed a three-story commercial building.
Estimated worth of property damaged was placed at PHP8 million.
Zabala said the fire broke out around 2:45 a.m. Saturday in one of the stalls owned by a certain Mannan and rapidly spread to the nearby stalls.
Zabala said the fire has reached third alarm status in few minutes after it broke out.
Investigation showed the fire started when the amber from an electric post that sparked fell into a stall of used clothing.
“Apparently it was a spark in the (electrical) wiring,” Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said as to the origin of the fire.
Salazar said the other stalls that were razed were selling marine products and vegetables.
Salazar noted that some of the stalls were constructed illegally by the occupants.
She said the victims who were killed and injured were among the people staying in their stalls while some had just stayed overnight as they were scheduled to travel to Jolo, Sulu.
The names of the fatalities released by the local police and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) are the following: Kayulan Hasiddin, 48; Musal Hasiddin, 45; Radzhata Hasiddin, 28; Bunay Hasiddin, one; Crissamae Hasiddin, 3; Noynoy Hasiddin, 5; Nurais Hasiddin, 9; Radzmer Hasiddin, 10; Ruhilyn Hamis, 26; Jasper Hamis, 1; Abei Salahuddin, 40; Nuru-in Salahuddin, 39; Algabid Salahuddin, 20; Marilyn Salahuddin, 32; and, Binnas Salahuddin, 20.
Those who suffered burns and taken to the hospitals are as follows: Alvin Bete, 14; Annang Erilis, 45; Nurmina Jamiri, 18; Yasser Jamiri, 29; Almudzra Hamis, 31; Midzfar Hamis, 7; Farhana Hamis, 9; Bennaser Hamis, 32; Abdurahman Hamis, 36; Nasriya Hamis, 5; Nasmiya Hamis, 9; Albini Jaani, 32 and, Alfredo Mana, 16.
Salazar said the injured victims would be transferred to the Mindanao Central Sanitarium in Barangay Pasobolong, this city, “so that they will be given better medical assistance.”
Salazar said she has instructed City Social Welfare and Development Officer Socorro Rojas to provide the necessary assistance to the victims.
Zabala said the fire was placed under control around 5:20 a.m. and was declared fire out at 7:50 a.m.. Philippine News Agency