A FIREMAN of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental died after he was electrocuted while responding to a fire call at Barangay 1 past 10 a.m., Monday. Superintendent Fred Trajeras Jr., officer-in-charge of BFP in Negros Island Region, identified the fatality as Fire Officer 1 Ricardo Catalan. While Catalan was conducting an inspection at a mall with city fire marshal Marilou de la Cruz, they received a call for assistance prompting them to respond to the area, where 13 houses were destroyed with an estimated P113,500 worth of damages. Catalan, who was wearing personal protective equipment, hit a live electrical wire. He was brought to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He died in the name of public service, Trajeras said. Trajeras said he reported the incident to the national headquarters and directed Superintendent Rodolfo Denaga, acting provincial director of BFP-Negros Occidental, to proceed to San Carlos. The City Government of San Carlos assured the family’s victim of financial assistance, he added. In Bacolod City, a house owned by Rafael Araneta at Roxas Avenue, Barangay 39 was hit by fire past 11 a.m., Monday. Fire Officer 3 Cornelio Silva, arson investigator of BFP-Bacolod, said the fire started from the kitchen and was put out after 18 minutes. The fire damaged an estimated P20,000 worth of properties. No injury was reported.
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