ABUCAY, Bataan — Eight residential houses, six totally damaged, were affected by fire in barangay Omboy here on Monday afternoon.

Fire Senior Inspector Allan Norte Barredo, senior fire marshall, said the fire started at 1:30 p.m. and was placed under control at 2:47 p.m. It was declared fire out at 2:57 p.m. with the help of eight firetrucks from neighboring towns and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

No one was hurt.

Barredo said they are still investigating the cause of the fire and the amount of damage it left.

Latest report received from P/Insp. Jennifer Cruz, police information officer, showed that the fire started from an improvised oven used in smoked fish preparation in one of the totally damaged houses.

“I was trembling when I saw the big fire from an old house made of lumber adjacent to our residence,” said retired school teacher Fe Baluyot who was in wheelchair.

Portions of the kitchen of Baluyot’s house were partially burned.

The old woman thanked her neighbors for helping her get out of the house and bring out some of their belongings to the street.

Heros Escartin was all praise for residents.

“With the use of pails filled with water from shallow tube wells, they helped in preventing the fire from further spreading. The spirit of bayanihan was alive,” the old man said. PNA/