500 displaced by fire in Cebu City


2/24/2010 - CEBU CITY, Philippines – A fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon displaced around 100 families or 500 persons from two adjacent barangay (villages) here, Cebu City Fire Marshall Ismael Codilla said.
The fire destroyed around 80 to 100 houses made of light materials in Sitio Katambisan located in the villages of Tisa and Labangon.
The blaze started around 4:03 p.m. and was placed under control after 40 minutes, Codilla said.
He said the cause of the fire was still being determined.
A woman was reportedly injured although cops were still confirming the report.
Cebu City Councilor Gerardo Carillo, chairman of the city council committee on social welfare estimated that the fire left about 500 individuals homeless.
The fire was reported to have started at the house owned by Annie Sembrano.
Sembrano said she was cooking food at the back of her house when a blaze quickly engulfed the house.
Codilla pegged the damage caused by the fire at P900,000. (Inquirer)

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