Another fire broke out between 11:00 and 11:30 last night in Talakag, just across the Town Plaza and beside the Asian Hills Bank. It is at the corner plot occupied now by the Delaotas but during the 60s/70s by the Macarambons. The fire gutted timber-built commercial establishments including Atty Wilfredo Linaac Law Office; Atty Rochelle Dagaraga Law Office; Gloria Cariton’s Carenderia; an internet cafe; a fruit shop belonging to the Labita family and some buildings that were occupied as residences and boarding houses. Gevic’s Store which is owned by Gemma Pajo narrowly missed the fire. Had it not rained heavily early last night, the fire could have been worst. Fire trucks from the Municipal Fire Department, Dole and Del Monte were at the scene to help tackle the fire.
As of 8:00 this morning, the origin and cause of the fire were still being investigated. One person who rushed back into a burning building to locate a child suffered burns and is being treated at Talakag Medicare Hospital.
It is ironic that the fire happened in the month of March which is the “Fire Prevention Month”. Here are some pictures I took this morning: