A total of P2 million in cash was burned down by a fire which erupted inside a two-story house in Tagbilaran City allegedly through a lighter which was being played with by a six-year-old boy.
The fire which completely gutted the concrete house owned by one Elena Angcog left P1 million worth of property damage, said FO3 Amiel Lopena of the Tagbilaran City Fire Station.
According to Lopena, the fire broke out inside the house in Barangay Booy at 11 a.m. on Thursday and was declared under control thirty minutes after.
Four individuals were inside the house, Elana’s son Luigi Angcog, 32, and three grandchildren, one six-year-old and two four-year-olds, as the blaze erupted.
“Ang iyang storya nga ang tulo ka bata nag duwa og lighter ang nagpahibaw ra pod niya kadtong isa ka bata nga ga hawid lagi kuno og lighter, ga dagkot dagkot atong papel. Didto ni nahitabo sa second floor sa building,” said Lopena based on Luigi’s statement.
“Sa pagdagan sa anak sa tagiya, naka-buylo nag kayo sa 2nd floor,” he added.
No one was injured during the incident while the fire did not spread to other houses in the village.
However, Lopena noted that firefighters had difficulty in responding to the fire as they had to go through a narrow path to reach the house.
According to Lopena, the allegedly burned cash belonged to a cooperative which the house’s owner is a part of.
The cash was supposed to be divided among the cooperative’s members on Sunday.
Authorities meanwhile continued their probe on the incident, Lopena said. (Allen Doydora)