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  • Writer's picture Mark Moises Calayan

Initial findings on Baguio City market fire not alarming -Mayor Magalong

Baguio City, Philippines – While Baguio City government awaits the official report from the Bureau of Fire Protection about the fire that razed the public market in March, Mayor Benjamin Magalong believes the cause is ‘not alarming’ based on initial findings.

As recalled, the fire happened on March 11, 2023 at blocks 3 and 4 of the market, leaving approximately P24 million damages and displacing nearly two thousand vendors.

According to the Baguio City Public Information Office, Mayor Magalong, during the flag raising ceremony on May 22, stated there is no official report yet from the BFP about the incident.

The mayor, however, added that the blaze was most likely accidental and that the possibility of arson or faulty wiring was unlikely. He cited someone could have been smoking in the area or that the fire could have been caused by a candle as some witnesses claimed they often see human wastes and cigarette butts at the place of incident.

Magalong further disclosed that they already received initial findings from the BFP and it doesn’t raise any alarm.

“Let’s just wait for their official report. Anyway, nakabigay na sila ng initial findings sa atin at it doesn’t cause any alarm. Iyan ang importante duon, it’s not alarming. Bayaan lang natin silang tapusin ang kanilang imbestigasyon,” he said.

The mayor who is not bothered by the pace of the ongoing probe said they leave the investigation in the hands of the BFP who are experts in the field.

“Mabuti na iyong maingat sila kaysa naman gumagawa kaagad ng conclusions na hilaw pa ung mga ebidensya. We leave it to the experts who are members of the Bureau of Fire. Maingat din sila sa kanilang mga binibitawang salita. Everything should be evidence-based and based on facts,” he conveyed.


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