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