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142 families homeless in Cebu fire

Cebu City – At least 142 families and 342 individuals lost their homes in an early morning fire that gutted an urban poor village in Cebu City at dawnTuesday.

The blaze, triggered by an unattended candle lamp, destroyed at least 60 houses in Barangay Suba at past 4:20 a.m. and was placed under control after an hour.

Cebu City Map(Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Cebu City Map(Photo courtesy of Google Map)

The fire department initially said the blazed totally leveled 36 houses but a subsequent assessment conducted by the city’s social welfare department and barangay officials showed that the fire destroyed 60 houses.

According to Senior Fire Investigator 1 Edwin Handayan said the fire started in the house of one Edwin Bacalso.

Barangay officials were set to convene Tuesday afternoon to declare a state of calamity in the affected sitios to allow the barangay to utilize its calamity fund to help the victims.