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After 3 days, Tutuban Mall fire finally out

The fire at Tutuban Mall was finally declared out early Friday morning, more than three days after it broke out. (photo by Hazel Alcaraz, InterAksyon.com)

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- The fire at the Tutuban Mall in Manila was finally put out early Friday, more than three days after it broke out, the Bureau of Fire Protection said.

Twenty-eight firefighters were injured battling the blaze that broke out in the mall’s Cluster Building 1, where garments are mainly sold, at 12:41 a.m. on September 5 and reached Task Force Delta, meaning all units in a region -- the National Capital Region in this case -- are required to respond.

BFP spokesman Chief Inspector Renato Marcial said the fire was officially declared out 1 a.m. Friday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the fire is believed to have started in the middle portion of Stall number C-18, rented by a certain Maria Theresa Chen, on the ground floor of the three-story building.

Firefighters had difficulty entering the mall to get at the fire.

Marcial identified the injured firefighters, who suffered lacerations or smoke inhalation, as:

  • Senior Fire Officer 4 Saferino Lozano
  • FO3 Augusto Briones
  • FO3 Dunerto Angeles
  • Rodel David
  • Carlo Ortiz
  • Mark Angel Penaverde
  • Fire Insp. Efren Berena
  • Fire Insp. Alexander Domingo
  • FO3 Jonjon Lavitoria
  • FO3 Herbert Tolentino
  • FO2 Sergio Pangan
  • FO1 Marl Louie Mendoza
  • FO1 Julio Mendoza Jr.
  • FO1 Mark Daniel Eviquez

The cause of the fire and the cost of the damage it caused are yet to be determined at this time.

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