CAGAYAN DE ORO - At least 20 families were affected by two separate fire incidents in Cagayan de Oro City and in Balingoan town, Misamis Oriental Sunday.
A fire broke out early Sunday morning in 12th Street, Barangay Nazareth in Cagayan De Oro.
The two-storey house owned by Jose Opeña was easily engulfed by fire since it was made of light materials.
Aside from Opeña's family, five other families were renting the house.
According to Jobert Datahan, one of the renters, the fire started in their room at the second floor. He suspected that his two boys who were playing with matches might have caused the fire.
He was driving his pedicab while his wife was cooking at the ground floor when the fire happened.
Firefighters estimated the damage at P150,000.
Meanwhile, more than 10 houses were burned down in Sitio Parola, Barangay Bauk-bauk in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, also on Sunday.
Twenty families lost their homes in a fire while celebrating the feast of their patron saint, Sto. Niño.
Firefighters have yet to determined the cause of the fire that started at the house of the Abregana family.
Damage was estimated to be at P200,000.