PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 01, 2012
New Year’s Eve fire razes firecracker stalls in Kananga
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 1 (PIA) –- Twenty-six stalls selling firecrackers at the the public market of Kananga, Leyte were gutted by fire in the afternoon of December 31.
Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla informed the Philippine Information Agency that the stalls gutted by fire were makeshift stalls located away from the public market in order to ensure safety of the consumers and the businessmen in the public market.
There was no damage to permanent infrastructure because the makeshift stalls were actually occupying the sidewalks of the street, Codilla added.
Initial investigations conducted by the Bureau of Fire Protection in Kananga revealed that a woman was seen holding a lighted Whistle Bomb firecracker before the fire started at 2:00 p.m.
It was learned that the 26 stalls located near the public market were located just in front of the town’s fire tation.
The members of the local Bureau of Fire Protection were able to immediately respond preventing the fire from spreading in other parts of the market.
The fire was controlled after one hour with no casualties except for one woman who was injured when she fell while fleeing away from the fire scene.
Damages incurred because of the fire incident was initially placed at P571,000.
It was also learned that because of the fire incident, the selling of firecrackers in the market was immediately suspended by authorities.
To recall, the Bureau of Fire Protection was directed by DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo to ensure that establishments selling and manufacturing firecrackers beduly approved by the proper authorities to ensure the safety of the public, Bautista added.
BFP personnel were also directed to go out and remind residents to be on guard against fires right on New Year’s Eve. (PIA 8)