Farmer perishes in Cadiz City sugarcane field blaze

A police officer investigates the scene where a farmer succumbed to a fire in the sugarcane fields of Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Cadiz City Police Station)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – Police discovered a farmer deceased in a sugarcane field at Sitio Cot-cot, Barangay Mabini, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, last Tuesday.

The deceased was identified as Vicente Mercado, 65.

Authorities stated that Mercado was burning a sugarcane field for cultivation purposes. Unfortunately, he did not exit the burning plantation in time, resulting in his death. A neighbor later found him lifeless.

A police report concluded that Mercado died from asphyxiation and suffered second to multiple-degree burns.