A fire that hit a mall in Pasay City before dawn Thursday was finally declared “out” after more than 18 hours, but firemen kept watch over the site lest the fire restart.
Firefighters declared the fire out past 8 p.m., more than 18 hours after the fire started – shortly before 3 a.m. At least five persons, including a volunteer, were hurt battling the blaze.
While arson investigators declined to estimate how much damage to property the fire caused, they are verifying information that the fire was deliberate.
Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers were there to help put out the fire. We responded to the area three times, going back to base just to rest a bit and have something to eat as the fire exhausted the manpower of the group.
The third time the Metropolitan Composite Fire and Rescue Volunteers responded to the same area was for a second fire where several houses near the Puregold Plaza in Pasay City caught fire early Friday morning, hours after the main blaze in the mall has been put out, apparently because of the intense heat.
Some 20 houses made of light materials and concrete were reported damaged as a result of the blaze.
Though hampered by narrow alleys in the neighborhood, firefighters managed to put out the second fire.
Residents claimed burning debris and embers fell on their roofs when the mall was burning.Senior Insp. Junito Maslang, Pasay City fire marshall, said the second fire began at 3:40 a.m. Firefighters declared a fire out at 5:57 a.m.