BFP-7 chief: Two Ermita residents hurt in fire

By: Benjie Talisic, Futch Anthony Inso, Morexette Marie Erram, Paul Lauro February 05,2019 - 07:04 PM

Residents of Barangay Ermita cross the creek with their belongings to escape the raging fire on Tuesday, February 5. | Photo by Tonee Despojo

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Two people were confirmed to have sustained injuries when a huge fire broke out in Barangay Ermita, Cebu City.

Fire Senior Superintendent Gilbert Dolot, director of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Central Visayas (BFP – 7), said the victims were identified as Worley Cerelles and Wendel Takoloy.

Dolot said Cerelles sustained lacerations or cuts in the arms  while Takoloy received first-degree burns on his arms.

He added that the victims were being treated by first-aid personnel.

The fire affected Sitios Pig Vendor or Vendor, Bato, and Kastilaan or Katsilaan. Initial investigations from BFP – 7 said that the flames started from a house owned by a certain Ronron Sarmiento.

READ: Fire razes at least 100 houses in 3 sitios in Ermita, Cebu City

The alarm was received at 1:15 p.m., and was raised to general alarm at 2:22 p.m. It was placed under control at 3:07 p.m. or nearly two hours later.

READ: Why firefighters took two hours to put out Ermita fire

At least 100 houses were burned down, and authorities are still calculating the damage incurred.

READ: Scenes from Ermita fire

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