Punta Princesa fire intentionally set? 5 sitios affected, 187 families evacuated

By: Pegeen Maisie M. Sararana and Paul Lauro - CDN Digital Correspondent, CDN Digital Multimedia Reporter | June 11,2022 - 10:01 PM

The fire which affected five sitios in Punta Princesa, Cebu City continues to burn past 9 pm. on Saturday or more than four hours since it started. /Pegeen Maisie Sararana

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A fire that was believed to have been intentionally set late Saturday afternoon, has already burned a hundred houses and showed no signs of stopping its fiery march as of 9:30 pm as firefighters struggle against narrow pathways and dwindling water supply.

The blaze was reported at 5:53 pm and has already affected five sitios in Barangay Punta Princesa, Cebu City.

Some residents claimed to have heard some violent confrontations in one of the houses where the fire was believed to have originated.

Jeff, one of the residents whose house was razed by the fire, told CDN Digital that there is a possibility that the fire was ‘intentional’ as he claimed to have heard some commotion before the fire started in a neighbor’s house.

Some residents even told CDN Digital that a certain Marimar allegedly started the fire.

They said that Marimar’s husband was reportedly arrested for illegal drugs a few hours before the fire broke out which resulted in a confrontation. The residents believed that Marimar burned their house out of anger.

Firefighters, however, said that these allegations need to be proven as they could not file a case out of hearsay.

As of 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022, firefighters are still battling the blaze that seemed to have grown by the hour. Some firemen complained about the narrow pathways in the area that added to their woes. Also, some fire hydrants are reportedly running out of water.

Residents believed that so far, the blaze has already consumed a hundred houses in Sitios Tuburan, Arca, Trinidad, Enriquez, and Merco all in Barangay Punta Princesa.

Some residents who were able to escape unhurt helplessly watched their homes being gobbled up by the raging inferno.

Some of them have nothing on except for the clothes that they were wearing.

The fire was reported at 5:58 pm and was raised to a second alarm at 6 pm. Twenty minutes later it was raised to third alarm and then to fourth alarm at 6:50 pm.

Affected residents were temporarily housed at the Atillo Gym and at the Lourdes Parish Gym.    /rcg


P9M worth of properties lost in Tuesday dawn fire in Brgy Banilad, Cebu City

Ceres bus catches fire, damage pegged at P300,000

Read Next

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of Cebudailynews. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

TAGS: 187 families affected, Cebu‬, Cebu City, Cebu Daily News, cebu news, fire, fire intentionally set, fire victims, narrow pathways, Punta Princesa fire, raging inferno

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.