Fifteen people, including six children, perished while 13 others were injured in a fire that hit Zamboanga City’s old public market Saturday dawn.
The fire razed 350 stalls, mostly used-clothing shops, and partially destroyed a three-story commercial building. Aan estimated worth of property damage was placed at P8 million according to city fire district marshall Superintendent Dominador Zabala Jr.
Zabala said the fire broke out around 2:45 a.m. Saturday in one of the stalls owned by a certain Mannan and rapidly spread to the nearby stalls. The fire reached third alarm status in few minutes after it broke out.
Investigation showed the fire started when the amber from an electric post that sparked fell into a stall of used clothing.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the other stalls that were razed were selling marine products and vegetables but noted that some of the stalls were constructed illegally by the occupants.
She said the victims who were killed and injured were among the people staying in their stalls while some had just stayed overnight as they were scheduled to travel to Jolo, Sulu.
The names of the fatalities released by the local police and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office are the following: Kayulan Hasiddin, 48; Musal Hasiddin, 45; Radzhata Hasiddin, 28; Bunay Hasiddin, one; Crissamae Hasiddin, 3; Noynoy Hasiddin, 5; Nurais Hasiddin, 9; Radzmer Hasiddin, 10; Ruhilyn Hamis, 26; Jasper Hamis, 1; Abei Salahuddin, 40; Nuru-in Salahuddin, 39; Algabid Salahuddin, 20; Marilyn Salahuddin, 32; and, Binnas Salahuddin, 20.
Those who suffered burns and taken to the hospitals are as follows: Alvin Bete, 14; Annang Erilis, 45; Nurmina Jamiri, 18; Yasser Jamiri, 29; Almudzra Hamis, 31; Midzfar Hamis, 7; Farhana Hamis, 9; Bennaser Hamis, 32; Abdurahman Hamis, 36; Nasriya Hamis, 5; Nasmiya Hamis, 9; Albini Jaani, 32 and, Alfredo Mana, 16.
Salazar said the injured victims would be transferred to the Mindanao Central Sanitarium in Barangay Pasobolong, this city.”
Zabala said the fire was placed under control around 5:20 a.m. and was declared fire out at 7:50 a.m.. (PNA)