Koronadal market fire: 3 hurt, P50-M damages

Local News • Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:02 PM  •  59   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez/DXOM-AM Radyo Bida reports
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Koronadal City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Jennelyn Te-elan (back to camera) reports before members of CDRRMC. (Radyo Bida Koronadal)
Koronadal City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Jennelyn Te-elan (back to camera) reports before members of CDRRMC. (Radyo Bida Koronadal)
KORONADAL CITY - The Koronadal central market fire that gutted down half of the estimated one hectare center of daily commerce and trade Tuesday nigth cost vendors, office owners and the city government about P50-million, fire and disaster officials said Wednesday.

Arson investigators on Wednesday started shifting through the debris left by a conflagration an effort to uncover what triggered the fire.  

City Fire Marshall Senior Inspector Jennelyn Te-elan told DXOM-AM Radyo Bida that the fire origin had been identified but she refused to reveal further details.  
She said the fire commenced at 8:49 p.m. and was declared under control at about 11 p.m.  Fire out was declared at 3:45 a.m.  

Cyrus Urbano, city administrator and disaster risk reduction and management council (CDRRMC) action officer, said the fire bureau cordoned off the fire site while investigation was going on.  

Marilou Dimacaling, Koronadal market administrator, said a total of 336 stalls and 16 offices were turned to ashes, including the law firm office of Koronadal City Vice Mayor Eliordo Ogena.  

The City disaster office decided to put up satellite market to allow market vendors to continue business operations and to allow market rehabilitation by the city government.  

Senior Fire Inspector Jennelyn Te-elan said the estimated damages reached about P50 million based on the arson investigation conducted by Koronadal Bureau of Fire Protection.  

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