TAGBILARAN CITY, March 16, (PIA)— Fire incidents in Bohol reached a total of 215 cases from January 2015 to March 14, 2016, turning to ashes millions worth of properties and highlighting the need for people to be more conscious of the danger of underestimating fire safety.
Acting Bohol Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Antonio Ortiz, in fact pointed out that 53% of the total fire incidents recorded at their office are from Tagbilaran City.
Ortiz, who along with City Fire Marshal Fire Senior Inspector Raul Bustalino showed through a report that majority of the fire incidents happened between March to May, when 87 cases occurred.
At this rate, fire in Bohol averaged almost one incident a day.
The heat of summer plus the heightened El Nino prevailing dries up almost everything heightening up combustion that Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) urges people to be extra cautious.
For 2015, Bohol fire incidents reached 189 cases while in 2016, from January to March 14, a total of 26 cases and fire alarms have been sounded, BFP report said.
Biggest among the fire incidents according to type is structural fires which run a total of 148 cases.
This involves residential houses, commercial buildings, huts, sheds and building structures, according to sources.
On the other hand, fires in vehicles for 2015-2016 reached 12 cases while grass fires listed 55 cases.
As this happened, fire authorities remind people not to leave their appliances plugged as this does not just spend power, it also causes fires.
The same alarm is raised against people who burn backyard trash and leave them burning.
A fire call in Cortes March 14 had clustered Maribojoc Station sending out a firetruck when a simple trash burning sent fire creeping to a nearby shed before it was controlled.
Had it not been controlled, it could eat up a huge part of a residential and commercial establishments near the town public market, bystanders said. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)