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Critical mission frontliner among the homeless after Village 12 fire

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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 on his duty as critical mission frontliner.
Andrew Agravante on his duty as critical mission frontliner.

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.

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Agravante is a City Hall frontliner who is part of a team that tends to returning residents here.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection clears the area during the fire incident at Barangay 12 yesterday.
Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection clears the area during the fire incident at Barangay 12 yesterday.

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.

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Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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