Fire renders 700 residents homeless in Bacoor riverside settlement

BACOOR CITY, Cavite – Around 700 residents were rendered homeless when a fire of undetermined origin hit a riverside informal settlement along the Cavitex and Coastal Road areas in Maliksi 3 village in this city early Wednesday evening.

Photos by DANNY PATA/Northbound Philippines News

Bacoor City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) arson investigation officer-in-charge Ronaldo Bacareza said the city fire department was informed of the blaze close to 5 p.m. and fire fighters were immediately dispatched to the area.

“We are still investigating the cause of the fire which started from the house of a village resident identified only as ‘Ola,” said Bacareza.

Fire fighters found difficulty in negotiating through the narrow alleys in the neighborhood as most of the affected residents blocked the roadside as they evacuated their personal belongings.

The fire reached fifth alarm and levelled several houses, mostly made of combustible materials, to the ground before the BFP personnel declared ‘fire out’ by 8:08 p.m.

There were no reported injured or casualties but damage to property was estimated at PHP 200,000.

Bacoor City Mayor Lani Mercado Revilla also inspected the fire site and visited the affected residents who are now temporarily housed at the Maliksi Elementary School.

Mayor Lani ordered the City Social Welfare, Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Management offices to provide assistance, relief goods, food packs, water, medicines, blankets, medical attention and utilities to the victims. Gladys Pino/