BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – A critical mission frontliner is among the homeless after a Friday fire in a crowded residential area gutted at least 10 houses in the sub-village of Malipayon in downtown Village 12 here.
Andrew Agravante lost his home and most of his belongings but said he is “happy” that he and his family are still alive.
His wife and son survived the fire while his mother and father were also unscathed.
Agravante is a City Hall frontliner who is part of a team that tends to returning residents here.
He usually works long hours, even in the early mornings when passenger ships arrive.
The Bureau of Fire reported at least 10 houses were razed by the fire that started around 9:30 Friday, 7 May, at the house of Rodolfo Agravante, Andrew’s father.
It took at least an hour for firefighters to put it out, according to fire chief Rodel Legaspi.