Two commercial establishments were destroyed by a five-hour fire yesterday May 30, 2018. The establishments are both located along the Dr. V. Locsin Street of Dumaguete City. According to Arson investigator Fire Officer 1 Mark Susania, the building is believed to have been tapped with fire by 3:16 am but was put under control at 7:23 am.
History of the Burned
Times Mercantile is one of the establishment destroyed by the fire yesterday. It is one of the oldest establishment that runs 30 years in the city that sells liquors and cigarettes among others. Before the store was transferred to its present location, the originals location was also burned a few years ago. The present area of the Times Mercantile, now destroyed by fire, was the former location of Cebu Kitchenette; which was also burned down by fire.
The other store that was affected by the fire yesterday morning is the Parlem’s Collections of RTWs (ready to wear). A boutique that sells almost everything when it comes to clothes and fashionable items.
Destroyed by Fire
The main source of the fire is yet to be identified. After the five-hour fire, without being an investigator one can conclude that most of the items in both the establishments were destroyed. The amount of damage is not yet determined but it will surely reach millions of pesos in the total. The fire was easily responded by the Bacong, Sibulan, Valencia, Filipino Chinese Fire brigade, the Silliman firetruck, and several engines from the Dumaguete Bureau of Fire Protection.
Aside from controlling the fire, the firemen were also controlling their way to the boarding house nearby and save the people from burning. There were many things that could explode, therefore caution must be taken at high levels. So far, no casualties have been listed and only the smell and sight of burned plastic and woods remain at the scene of an eventful morning.