Most of the houses were made of light materials located at the boundaries of Puntod and Lapasan villages near the city’s port area, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Region 10 reported.
Leoncia and her husband sustained minor injuries in their quest to put off the fire but their efforts proved futile as the blaze easily gutted down neighboring houses.
Other residents who also suffered fourth degree burns were Richard Capahigal, 26, and Sherwin Tahuyan, 39. They were rushed to a hospital for treatment for minor burns.
Adjacent to the fire scene is an oil depot that was protected by the firefighters to prevent possible explosion.
Meanwhile, Mayor Oscar Moreno asked the city social welfare and development office to immediately determine the exact number of families affected by the fire and to submit their assessment to his office for them to avail of assistance from the city’s calamity fund.