Fire guts military armory office in Taguig

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Manila (Updated 2:35 p.m.) -- A fire on Wednesday morning gutted the office of the Army's Explosive and Ordnance Disposal in Taguig City, causing series of explosions and left at least 10 people injured.

Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato said the fire broke out around 10:45 a.m. at the military camp's Ascom Compound in Fort Bonifacio.

Detovato said a series of explosions, apparently coming from stored ordnance and explosives, occurred shortly after the fire.

"Hindi makalapit 'yung mga bumbero sa nasusunog dahil malaki ang possibility na masaktan sila kung lalapit sila dahil sa mga pagsabog," the military spokesperson said.

Army deputy spokesman Captain Anthony Bacus said one of the explosions was strong that they felt the vibration from his office, which is about a kilometer away from the site of the blaze.

"At around 10:50 a.m. or 10:45 a.m., a loud explosion occurred. It was really strong, that we felt the vibration from our office," said Bacus.

He said they received initial reports of injuries but could not immediately say the number. "We can't still say figures. They were brought to the Army general hospital. Their injuries are just minor," said Bacus.

Television reports said at least 10 people, including soldiers and staff of the Army's public affairs office, were brought to the Army general hospital for treatment of burn injuries.

Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas in a tweet past 2 p.m. said the fire was put under control.

Motorists were advised to take alternative routes since several passages near the Fort Bonifacio remained closed. (VR/Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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