Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fire hits mountain slope grassland in Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 19 (PNA) -- A seven-hour fire burned grasses on a mountain slope in Barangay Lamba here on Monday night, an officer of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said Tuesday.

The bush fire started at about 6:07 p.m. Monday and was declared fire-out by fire investigators at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to Senior Fire Officer 2 Raymundo Oliver of the BFP Legazpi City Office.

In a phone interview Tuesday morning, Oliver said the bush fire spread over half-a-hectare grassland on the upper slope of the mountain in Purok (sub-village) 1 in Barangay Lamba, a rural village in the eastern flank of the city, some five kilometers from the city's commercial district.

Oliver said the bush fire did not cause any damage or pose a threat to the villagers.

The village proper is far from where the fire occurred, he added.

The fire officer even denied earlier reports that some villagers were cleaning the mountain slope of cogon grass while other reports said the area was being cleared of grasses because a land developer is interested to develop the area into a plush subdivision. (PNA) FFC/FGS/MSA/CBD/EBP