6 injured in 36-hour Manila mall fire-A A +A
Thursday, September 6, 2012
MANILA -- The fire that has burned a mall in Manila's shopping district of Divisoria since early Wednesday has injured some fire personnel and volunteers.
The National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said the fire has injured six people while eight others suffered from suffocation or had difficulty in breathing.
Most of the injuries were wounds and lacerations on the hands of the fire personnel and volunteers.
The NDRRMC said around 12:41 a.m. Wednesday, the fire started in the Cluster Building 1 of Tutuban Mall in Claro M. Recto Avenue, a three-storey commercial structure made mostly of concrete construction materials.
Then around 5:38 a.m., the fire alarm level reached Task Force Delta.
According to the ocular inspection of an arson team, the fire was traced to have started at the mid-portion of Stall no. C-18 in the ground floor, which is occupied by a certain Maria Theresa Chen. The fire then spread out to the entire building.
The fire is still on-going as of Thursday morning.
The NDRRMC said there was reportedly a water shortage from the fire hydrants around the site but authorities have coordinated with water provider Maynilad Water Services Inc. (Emmanuel Louis Bacani/Sunnex)