Star City fire leaves P1B in damage; park to stay closed until end of assessment

Robie de Guzman   •   October 3, 2019   •   454

MANILA, Philippines – The operations of the Star City, which was gutted by fire on Oct. 2, will remain suspended until further announcement, the park management said on Thursday.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the temporary cessation of park operations until a full assessment of the situation can be made,” the Star City management said in a Facebook post.

“We will be making further announcements in due course,” it added.

In a separate interview, Ed de Leon, spokesperson for Star Parks Corporation which owns the park, said they will try to resume operations before the year ends depending on the assessment.

The park management said the massive fire that hit early Wednesday rendered a large portion of the park inoperable and would require major repair and reconstruction.

The blaze, which lasted for nearly 14 hours, destroyed 20 indoor rides and other attractions while outdoor rides were spared.

Damage left by the fire was pegged at P1 billion.

The amusement park management asked for the public’s understanding as they work to rebuild Star City.

“We ask for the understanding of our partners and guests as we work to regain footing,” it said.

Authorities are still determining the possible cause of the fire. Among the angles they are looking into are electrical failure and arson.

However, De Leon earlier said they have no reason to believe that arson would take place as they do not know any group or person who would have a motive to torch down the park. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

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Fire hits three warehouses in Malabon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 8, 2020

A fire razed three warehouses in Malabon on Monday morning (June 8).

According to the Malabon Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire began around 1: 45 a.m. and reached 4th alarm. Fire authorities have been putting out the fire for over 12 hours.

The fire began in one of the warehouses in Barangay Potrero and it spread to the two adjacent warehouses. According to Malabon BFP Chief Investigator SFO4 Rogerio Gayon, all the warehouses were filled with appliances.

“Marami siyang naka-store na mga kagaya noong mga TV. Kaya noong nasunog siya, iyong apoy, baka may nasa ilalim kaya kailangang halukayin, he said.

Based on the initial report of the BFP, damage to property is estimated to reach P15-million.

Meanwhile, no casualties were reported in the incident. Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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800 families lost their home after Mandaluyong fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 2, 2020

A huge fire hit Barangay Addition Hills in Mandaluyong City on Monday (June 1).

Dennis Madeo and his two children were at home when the fire broke out. Still in recovery from a stroke, Dennis was not able to save some of their belongings. His wife, who just got back to work during the general community quarantine (GCQ), was safe.

He and his family are currently staying at a evacuation center, still unsure of where to live.

Dennis, along with the other residents, is calling for the government for assistance.

Sana tulungan kami […] hindi ko masabi kasing itong anak ko dalawa (I hope they help us […] I cannot tell what will happen, because I have two children),” he said.

According to Milagrosa Lagadan from the Mandaluyong City Social Welfare and Development, they can only provide limited assistance to the residents.

While they can provide food assistance, the local government cannot provide other necessities including clothing and personal hygiene kits.

The fire reached General Alarm with around P2 million worth of damage. –AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

250 families lost their homes in Davao City fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2020

Over 250 families lost their homes in a fire at New Society Village in Barangay Ilang, Davao City on Wednesday (April 29).

Based on the initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire started at 2:30 a.m. and lasted for two hours. The cause of the fire possibly came from electrical ignition. No casualties were reported in the incident.

According to Barangay Captain Amado Babao, they continue to observe social distancing protocols even when the affected families are currently in evacuation centers.

“Itong mga nasunugan, idinivide natin ito sa tatlong groups para ma-observe natin ang social distancing sa mga taong nasunugan, (The families affected by the fire are divided into three groups to observe social distancing),” he said.

Meanwhile, Davao City government said they will install individual shelters for the quarantined persons affected by the fire. AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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