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  • Writer's pictureMenchie Kinao

Bontoc fire burns 26 houses, affects 90 families

Bontoc, Mt. Province – A fire broke out at 2:30 a.m. today, April 11, 2023 at Sitio Loc-ong in Barangay Poblacion of Bontoc, Mt. Province, affecting 26 houses and 90 families or 187 individuals, reported the provincial government in its 4 p.m. update.

To ensure the safety of students, Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr. immediately issued Executive Order No. 18-2023, suspending classes at all levels, both public and private schools.

After almost five hours, the residential fire was declared out by the Bureau of Fire Protection at 7:20 a.m.

While there were no recorded fatalities or injuries, 16 houses and establishments were totally wrecked, while 10 others were partially damaged.

Nine affected student boarders were later ferried to Betwagan, Sadanga.

Family kits positioned by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense - Cordillera Administrative Region (OCD-CAR) were distributed to all affected families temporarily sheltered at the Sibley Hall, All Saints Mission Compound, Poblacion, Bontoc.

Governor Bonifacio C. Lacwasan Jr. and other local officials thanked the responding personnel and volunteers for their “invaluable assistance and service to the people.”

Meantime, a donation drive dubbed as “Sagada Binnadang” was established by locals, in coordination with Bontoc Municipal Disaster and Risk Reduction Office, to extend a helping hand to the fire victims.

To those who wish to donate major needs such as clothing, rice, toiletries, bedding, kitchen utensils, and others, they may contact Sagada Binnadang at 0949 780 1137.

As of writing, the cause of the incident is still under investigation.

(This is a developing story.)


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