Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers Responds To Two Early Morning Fire Calls, 29 November 2008

A residential and commercial building in Sta. Cruz, Manila was gutted by fire before dawn Saturday, leaving at least 20 families homeless.

The fire at the building inside the Manotoc Compound in Pampanga Street, Sta. Cruz, started around 2 a.m.

Fire investigators have yet to determine the cause of the fire, which gutted some 20 apartment units, a hardware store, a bakery, a computer shop and a cargo shipping office.

The Manila Fire Department estimated the fire’s damage to P1.5 million.

Meanwhile, while on the way back from the fire call at Sta. Cruz, another call came in where two homes along IBP Road in Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City were also gutted by fire around 3 a.m.

The fire started from a house owned by Caridad Valdesimo, an ukay-ukay (second hand clothes) trader.

There were no reports of injuries in the two fire incidents.

7 people killed in Plainview, Mandaluyong Fire!!!

Seven people, including a four-year-old girl, perished when a fire razed a furniture factory in Barangay Plainview, Mandaluyong City in a predawn conflagration on Sunday.


The fire alarm was sounded at 12:52 a.m. and reached the fourth alarm before being put out at 3:35 a.m.


The fatalities included one female child, five women, and one man.  One of the fatalities was the general manager of the FCI Furniture Inc., whose family lived inside the factory compound.


Firefighters including those of Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers took two hours to put out the blaze.


The fire started at the factory’s production room and may have been caused by faulty electrical wiring. 


Damage to property was estimated at P1 million.

Reports say the victims were trapped because there was no open fire exit in the building.

Midnight fire razes ancestral home in San Juan City, Metro Manila

On its first fire call after being pressed back into service, Metroplex Pumper and crew rushed to Wilson Street, San Juan City, Metro Manila a little before midnight, 31 October 2008.

Fire destroyed an ancestral home in San Juan City around 12 a.m Friday as village authorities warned homeowners against leaving electrical appliances plugged and burglars while taking their All Saints and All Souls Day holidays this weekend.

No one initially knew about the owner of the house that was mostly made of wood in Little Baguio as flames consumed it at midnight.

“There’s usually no one there especially during holidays,” a neighbor named Doring Reyes said.

True enough, firefighters and other rescuers saw nobody rushing form the burning house.

Moments later, a woman named Felicidad Uy, the house’s owner, two of her maids and a driver were seen running from the back of the compound.

Authorities said no casualties were reported during the one-hour fire.

Officials of the San Juan fire department, meanwhile, said they suspect that an electrical short circuit caused the blaze.