Suspicious fires burn Itoman cane fields

A passer-by noticed a sugar cane field burning at the Makabe district of Itoman City oib Friday evening and called the emergency number.

A fire engine arrived at the scene and put out the fire after 15 minutes. There was no injuries.

A fire of suspicious origin burned on the nearby sugar cane field on January 2, too. And fires of suspicious origins in the surrounding sugar cane fields have occurred at least five times since October last year.

On Dec. 24, two empty houses at the same site were totally destroyed by fire, and a warehouse near the empty houses was partially destroyed by fire on Dec. 2 last year.

Itoman Police have increased patrols in the area, and are investigating relations between the fires.