ORMOC CITY– Fire ravaged three homes in Calbayog City on Tuesday (Feb.13) morning with arson investigators still conducting their probe as to the cause of the blaze.

The 3:28 am fire incident in Purok-7, Barangay Catarman damaged two residences and partially damaged another house, the city fire office said.

City Fire Marshal Fire Chief Inspector Leo Joshua Dangatan identified the homeowners affected as Rodel Sorio and Geronimo Rentasida Jr., with the house of Dominga Sorio sustaining partial damage.

Based on preliminary investigations, coupled with witness accounts, revealed that the fire originated at the second floor of Sorio Store, owned by Rodel and Anjelie Sorio.

Suspected to have ignited in the stock room, the fire rapidly spread to Rentasida Jr.’s adjacent house before reaching Dominga Sorio’s residence.

Prompt response from the local fire bureau prevented further devastation, with firefighters containing the blaze within 24 minutes of arrival.

The fire impacted a total of three structures, including a two-story mercantile building owned by Rodel G. Sorio, a two-story residential owned by Geronimo S. Rentasida Jr., and a single-story residential occupancy owned by Dominga Sorio.

The fire was placed under control at around 3:55 am.

Fortunately, there were no reported injuries from the incident. However, the estimated damage caused by the fire was pegged at P375,000.(ROBERT DEJON)