Fire guts warehouse in Cebu City

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Friday, April 18, 2014

CEBU CITY - A fire ravaged a warehouse in Barangay Tinago past 10 a.m. today, Good Friday, as workers went on vacation for the holiday.

The warehouse was rented out to WWR Enterprise located at M.J. Cuenco Avenue beside the National Statistics Office (NSO) building.

Tinago village chief Joel Garganera said no one was around at the time the fire began as workers planned to go to the beach today, Good Friday.

He said the fire alarm sounded around 10:15 to 10:20 a.m.

Senior Fire Officer 3 Delfin Abella, substation chief of the Parian fire substation, said they were first at the scene after a little boy alerted them about seeing people running.

He said fire trucks from the Pahina, Mabolo, Lahug, Pardo and Talamban fire stations also responded as did the Filipino-Chinese Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Emergency Response Unit Foundation.

The warehouse made plastic hangers, pails and basins, said Betty Go, a worker at the firm owned by Wally Ang.

The roof partly caved in on the structure, whose exterior remains intact. A truck parked inside the building was also burned.

No other buildings were damaged.

The fire was declared under control by around 10:45 a.m.

Delfin said the fire was confined within cement walls of the warehouse

Garganera said workers speculate that an electric fan left turned on may have caused the fire, but said it is best to find out the real cause later from fire investigators. (Cherry Ann Lim/Sunnex)

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