U.S. Marines living quarters in Zambo damaged by fire

By Teofilo Garcia, Jr.

July 6, 2019, 4:44 pm

<p>Google map of Zamboanga City.</p>

Google map of Zamboanga City.

ZAMBOANGA CITY--A fire damaged a two-storey building occupied by U.S. troops in Camp Basilio Navarro, the home of the Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) headquarters in this southern port city.

Supt. Jhufel Brañanola, Zamboanga City Fire District marshal, said the fire broke out around 9:05 a.m. Friday inside the compound of the Westmincom in Barangay Calarian.

Brañanola said the fire reached second alarm and partially destroyed the Marine Security Element Building, which is occupied by U.S. Marines.

Brañanola said the fire started at Room 102 and destroyed the rooms and personal belongings of the soldiers. It was likely caused by electrical wirings since the circuit breaker in one of the rooms tripped, he said.

He said the fire, which was put out over an hour later, damaged some PHP2 million worth of properties. No one was hurt during the incident. (PNA)