A 24-year-old man was killed while more than 700 families were left homeless in a fire that razed houses of informal settlers yesterday before dawn yesterday in Navotas City.
Navotas police chief P/Col. Rolando Balasabas said James Bantaan was trapeed inside his house at Blk 10 Lot 28 Market 3 Bgy. North Bay Boulevard North (NBBN) when the fire broke out at around 2:30 a.m. at the house occupied by one Rogelio Puntial alias “Wek-Wek”
The blaze quickly spread to houses mostly made up of light materials and crossed to the other side of the road where drums of used oil were stored that prompted the Navotas Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to raise the fire to 5th alarm.
Navotas fire marshal Supt. Rachel Verbo said the fire that destroyed around P1 millon worth of properties was placed under control at around 4:07 a.m. and was declared fire out at around 6:11 a.m.
Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco said the city government has provided the immediate needs of the survivors including hot meals, relief goods, sleeping packs, hygiene kits and temporary shelter.
The mayor also coordinated with government agencies and private organizations for additional support and said the city government would be honored to serve as conduit to all those who wanted to give donations.
“As we extend our condolences and comfort to the survivors, let us also give them our help and support. Let us keep the survivor families in our prayers,” Mayor Tiangco said.