The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recorded an increase of PHP2.8 million worth of properties damaged by fire incidents in 2019 compared to the previous year.
Senior Insp. Douglas Zabala, deputy city fire marshal, said on Friday the worth of properties destroyed by fire in 2019 have reached PHP56.5 million, which is higher by PHP2.8 million than the PHP53.6 million recorded in 2018.
Zabala said there were 431 structural and non-structural fire incidents recorded last year, which is higher by 272 compared to 159 incidents registered in the previous year.
He said 112 of the 431 fire incidents recorded in 2019 were structural fires and the remaining 319 were non-structural.
In 2018, there were 90 structural and 69 non-structural for a total of 159 fire incidents.
Structural fires include houses and business establishments while the non-structural fires include bonfires, grass fires, burning of electric posts and vehicles.
Zabala attributed the recorded increase of non-structural fires in 2019 to the El NiAo phenomenon or the prolonged dry spell.
He added that faulty electrical wiring was the most common cause of the fire incidents recorded in 2019.
Meanwhile, Zabala said they will continue to advocate fire safety among students in schools and conduct house-to-house campaign to teach household members how to use fire extinguishers and share safety measures
Source: Philippines News Agency