By Gilbert Bayoran (The Philippine Star), Feb 15, 2017
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – A firefighter was electrocuted as he and his colleagues were putting out a fire that destroyed 13 houses in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on Monday.
Fire Officer 3 Ricardo Catalan might have touched a live wire while performing his duty, according to Superintendent Fred Trajeras, officer-in-charge of the Negros Island Region fire bureau.
Catalan died while being treated at the San Carlos District Hospital.
Investigation showed Catalan and Senior Fire Officer 1 Marilou de la Cruz were inspecting commercial establishments when they received a call about an ongoing fire in the area.
They immediately boarded a fire truck along with their colleagues to respond to the incident.
Authorities placed the damage at more than P100,000.