July 17, 2024

BONTOC, Mountain Province – A fire gutted houses and the camps of the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp 1st Lt. Geronimo F. Montes here. 

Based on a report from the Bontoc Emergency Operations Center, the Bontoc Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) received a phone call about a structural fire at 11 p.m., May 31.

Bontoc Municipal Fire Station Officer-in-Charge SFO4 Bartolome Cacamo said the fire started at 11:03 p.m. at the house vacated by the Lansam family and is currently occupied by the PNP personnel as quarantine facility.  

The fire spread to four structures nearby. 

Cacamo said the fire lasted for one hour and 20 minutes.

With the help of Sadanga MFS, Sabangan MFS, private water delivery truck services, and volunteers, was declared fire out by the ground commander at about 12:27 a.m., June 1. 

He added no injuries or death were reported. The cause of fire and estimated cost of damage is under investigation. 

Items recovered from the PNP camp and turned over to the Bontoc Municipal Police Station are firearms, vests, uniforms, mobile phones, and computer.

Mayor Franklin Odsey who is also the chairperson of the Bontoc MDRRMC expressed gratitude to the responders and volunteers. 

As immediate assistance, the the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office and the MDRRMO delivered food packs, hygiene kits, and family kits to the families affected by the fire. – Alpine Killa-Malwagay and Christy Mae F. Che-es