Fire guts soldiers' quarters in Fort Bonifacio


Posted at Oct 04 2015 05:46 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2015 01:46 AM

MANILA - Fire razed a soldiers' quarters inside the headquarters of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio Saturday afternoon, the military said.

Ten families were displaced in the fire.

According to Army spokesman Col. Benjamin Hao, the fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. at Door 7 of the 10-unit apartment. Door 7 is occupied by a S/Sgt. Dalusong and his family.

Hao added that investigators from the Bureau of Fire Protection is probing the incident to determine what caused the fire.

Three Army firetrucks immediately responded to put out the fire.

"The Philippine Army Fire Marshal declared the fire out at around 4:40 p.m... The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the BFP Taguig," Hao said.

He noted that the two-storey apartment, worth P1.2 million, is insured.

"Practically, the building was burned," said Hao, adding they are still assessing the items destroyed by the fire.

The 10 families displaced by the fire are temporarily housed at the Enlisted Transient Quarters also inside Fort Bonifacio.

No one was reported injured in the fire.

This was the third military facility to be razed by fire over the past weeks.

Last September 17, a fire destroyed the quarters of newly retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Edwin Remotigue at the Air Force headquarters in Villamor Air Base. The cause of the fire was unknown.

On September 23, another fire broke out at the nurses' quarters at the AFP Medical Center in Quezon City. The fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring.