MANKAYAN, Benguet – Five people were injured while fourteen structures were razed to ashes during a fire incident along Aurora St., Poblacion, here, Thursday night.
Police authorities are still on the process of issuing the identities of the injured individuals and the owners of the burned structures considering the magnitude of the fire incident that transpired in the municipality.
The fire allegedly originated from the Dumanas residence and immediately spread to the neighboring structures because the place of incident was highly densed that allowed the fire to raze the fourteen structures.
Fire-fighters from nearby Buguias, Bakun and Atok Benguet; Bauko and Tadian, Mountain Province; and Cervantes, Ilocos Sur among others responded to help put out the fire which started at around 7 pm.
Arson investigators are still ascertaining the amount of damages inflicted by the fire to the properties of the affected residents in the area.
The fire victims were temporarily housed at the Mankayan municipal hall, the existing gymnasium while some of them sought temporary shelter with their relatives in the surrounding barangays.
By Dexter A. See