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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

Tabuk farmer lost house, hard earned money to fire

Updated: Oct 14, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga — A farmer in Tabuk City lost his house and the cash he earned from selling his crops to a residential fire Friday late night, June 3, 2022.

The fire broke around 11:00 PM in Barangay Magsaysay. The Bureau of Fire Protection Tabuk City said they were informed about the incident around 11:27 PM when the fire had already engulfed the entire house.

According to the investigator, Senior Fire Officer 1 Allen Apalla, it took them more than 10 minutes to control the fire, completely putting it out around 12:41AM.

No casualties was reported due to the incident; however, the owner of the house, Edwin Cagan, 58 years old, sustained a mild burn on his shoulder and hips.

The BFP personnel gave him first aid before they brought him to the hospital for medical treatment.

According to Apalla, the damage left by the fire is estimated to be more than P203,000 based on the inquiry made to the owner of the house.

The damages include the burned wooden house, pieces of furniture and appliances, 8 sacks of rice, 2 sacks of milled rice, and the cash he earned from selling his crops which he is yet to deposit to the bank.

Meantime, the investigator is looking into the possibility that the fire came from the concrete stove outside the house. The said stove was placed close to the wall of the house.

Apalla said that the farmer had extinguished the fire after using the stove. However, the investigator added that the fire might have been rekindled due to the wind that night.

Meantime, the possibility of an arson was ruled out due to the claim of the house owner that he cannot think of anyone with a motive to burn his house.


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