The Dumaguete Fire report on the fire that occured last January 15, 2007 in downtown Dumaguete is being questioned and disputed.
The fire report has stated that a certain Bernadette Tan Pastor allegedly called up by telephone the fire department and reported that "there was fire at Marjories Boutique"
However, this same Bernadette Tan Pastor, whose apartment unit was among those razed in the same fire, vehemently denied having told the fire department that "there was fire at Marjories' Boutique."
This is according to my brother Em-em who personally met with Bernadette Tan Pastor. The latter went to the fire department to make this correction and clarification.
Bernadette Tan Pastor said she told the fire department over the telephone that "there was fire at Body and Sole" a spa that occupied the fire unit of the Flores Apartment along Silliman Avenue.
Tan Pastor was occupying the fourth unit of the same apartment.
Tan Pastor also corrected the fire report which wrongly stated they were occupying the third door of the apartment.
Tan Pastor said she was willing to execute an affidavit to this effect, in order to correct the false entries in the fire report.
The subject fire report apparently used the phone call of Bernadette Tan Pastor to bolster their finding that the fire could have started at Marjories' Boutique.
This is not the first time that fire probers have entangled themselves in such a controversy.
The investigation into the fire along Locsin St. Dumaguete City more than a year ago was likewise placed under question as the origin of the fire was likewise disputed.
Also, the fire department faced stern criticism when it failed to immediately contain the fire that engulfed the old city prosecutors' office along Colon St. when it was just beside the fire station.
The fire chief Arnulfo Sayson placed the blame on everybody else except themselves.
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