Fire razes three houses in Mt Prov PNP headquarters

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BONTOC, Mountain Province – Fire razed three houses beside a brook inside the provincial police headquarters here at Camp Montes Wednesday night, May 31 alarming residents when bullets being burned exploded loudly making folks think cops were engaged in a gunfight.
    No one was injured or died in the fire that started 11: p.m. and put out around and hour and twenty minutes later by firemen and concerned folks of Sitio Sum-at, Barangay Caluttit among others who rushed to the camp.
    This, as residents and water delivery truck owners said they could have responded earlier if the emergency siren installed at the provincial plaza sounded the alarm if somebody was on watch. 
    A report from the Bontoc Emergency operations Center bared the Bontoc Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Johanna Padaen received a call from a concerned citizen about the fire after it started.
    The fire reportedly started at a house left by the Lansam family later occupied by police and army personnel of  PNP Regional Force Company quarters, according to fire marshall SF04 Bartolomeo Cacamo.
    The fire rapidly spread to nearby structures.
    Totally damaged were houses vacated by the Lansam family, residential house owned by Gabriel and Edwina Lucas occupied by their relatives, a vacant house owned by the Lamarca family and a residential house owned by the Loman family.
    Partially damaged was a house owned by the Aspilan family. 
    Cacamo said the fire was declared out by the ground commander about 12:27 a.m. of June 1but responders reportedly made sure embers were totally wet until around 2 a.m. 
    Mayor Franklin Odsey thanked volunteers who helped put out the conflagration.
    These included private water delivery trucks owned by Junnie Africano, Michael Lacaben, Darwin Fagsao, Artain Cadchan, Joel Awilan (JBA), Johnson Comafay (Kamma gay), Barnie Fangkingan (Tong-ay) among others not identified at presstime.
    Others who responded were fire stations of the towns of Bontoc, Sabangan and Sadanga, police, MDRRMO, municipal Health Office, Mountain Province Electric Cooperative and Caluttit barangay officials.
    Total cost of damages was not revealed. Police however revealed 10 firearms and bullets of new members of the PNP Regional Force Company and other personal belongings like mobile phones and uniforms were burned.
Cacamo said among items recovered from the PNP camp and turned over to the Bontoc Municipal Police Station were firearms, vests, uniforms, cellphones and computer.
    PNP personnel staying at the house vacated by the Lansam family were not around when the fire broke out as they are in their classroom for their lecture training. 
    Meanwhile, the Bontoc Emergency Operations Center through the MDRRMO identified  relatives of the Lucas couple currently occupying the house:  William Rancudo, 38, male, MDRRM Officer of Sabangan town; Godofreda Aga-es, 39 female, teacher of Mountain Province General Comprehensive High School and the wife of William Rancudo; Andrei Rancudo, 6, male, student, son of the Rancudo couple; Frhenselle Changiwan, 18, female, student; Kinson Mosawan, 18,  male, student and Mae Humble Ayeo, 23, female, niece of the Lucas couple. 
    At the time of the incident, the sister of Godofreda Aga-es identified as Noelle Aga-es Agustin, 29, female, a housewife with her three-month-old daughter identified as Ruth Aga-es Agustin spent the night with the Rancudo family as they were scheduled to travel to Baguio City the following day.
    The evacuees were temporarily accommodated at the house of Juliet Corpuz at the Barracks Compound. 
Mayor Franklin Odsey who is chairperson of the Bontoc MDRRMC extended gratitude to the responders and volunteers. 
    "We salute the owners of private water delivery services who voluntarily provided water to the fire trucks," the mayor said. 
    The owners of private water delivery trucks were Kimbo Aspiras, Junnie Africano, Michael Lacaben, Darwin Fagsao, Artan Cadchan, Joel Awilan (JBA), Johnson Comafay (Kammagay), Barnie Fangkingan (Tong-ay), Pablo Chaokas, Jr., and other water deliveries not identified in the report.
    The mayor also acknowledged responders and volunteers including the Bontoc MFS, Sabangan MFS, Sagada MFS, Mountain Province Provincial Police Office, Bontoc MPS, Bontoc MDRRM Office, Bontoc Emergency Response Team; Bontoc Municipal Health Office headed by Municipal Health Officer Dr. Diga Kay Gomez, Mountain Province Electric Cooperative, officials of Barangay Caluttit led by punong barangay Jimmy Cherwaken, and community folks. 
    As immediate assistance, the Bontoc local government, through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and the MDRRMO delivered food packs, hygiene kits, and family kits to the fire victims early morning of June 1.
    The provincial police command earlier told overstaying and retired police who built houses within the compound to demolish these as these were owned by the government.
    Other houses targeted for demolition included houses below the main gate of the police headquarters.  – By Ferdie Carino Castaneda, Alpine Killa-Malwagay, Christy Mae F. Che-es and Alfred Dizon



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