The nearly two-hour fire which broke out Monday and gutted a barangay councilor’s house in Dauis left P2 million worth of property damages, said the town’s fire chief.
According to Fire Chief Inspector Marities Limbawan, fire authorities started their seven-day probe on the incident but have yet to determine the cause of the blaze.
Everything inside the remaining concrete foundation was incinerated during the fire making it difficult to pinpoint the cause, Limbawan said.
The fire which engulfed the house owned by Barangay Songculan Councilor Corazon Aranas was not immediately noticed causing the blaze to unimpededly spread.
No one was inside the house when the fire broke out and there were no reported injuries caused by the incident.
According to Limbawan, they received a call on the fire incident at past 5 p.m., way after the blaze is believed to have erupted.
The fire had spread to about “90 percent” of the structure when the firefighters arrived, he said.
Meanwhile, authorities are also investigating a report from Aranas’ neighbors that they heard a loud blast before they noticed the flames.
Initial information gathered indicated that a lightning might have struck an object within Aranas’ property, particularly in the back area.
However, none of the authorities’ findings are final as they are expected to release an official statement on the cause of the fire within seven days after the incident. (Allen Doydora)