Injury toll from military camp fire rises to 32

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Thursday, May 8, 2014


TWELVE people remain in the hospital on Thursday, a day after a fire and explosion flattened the armory of the Philippine Army support command at Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City on Wednesday.

In a phone interview, Army spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Noel Detoyato said that among the 32 injured, 12 remain in ospitals while 20 others were discharged after receiving treatment for minor injuries.

Detoyato said that six victims remain in the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center, four in the Army General Hospital and the two were moved to the Ospital ng Makati and Taguig Pateros General Hospital.

The injured soldiers were identified as Rosalio Pompa, Juluis Galleon, Rosalino Galla, Dinar Alosada, Ferdinand Rafal, Eddy Alano, Romel Septino, Javer Jabalde, Ariel Velasquez, Leonardo Uy, Ramon Mega, Bernabe Mola and Fredie Esparagoza while the injured fire volunteers were Agrepeno Santos, Michael Caoab, Mark Cabab, Ruel Chang, Elver Santos, Francisco Gacusana, Juluis Donesa, Rodolfo Franco, John Paul Lantin, Edbert Quaresma, Allan Gabito and Herbert Pavila.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) namely Maria Leah Sapli, Ariseo Reloj, Herie Barrios, Altheg Berug, Rossaria Chipay and Maricel Lusuegro also sustained minor injuries.

Detoyato said Alosada and Rafal remained in a critical condition as they sustained 80 percent and 70 percent burn injuries, respectively.

Authorities are still determining the amount of damage due to the incident.

"We still have to wait for the investigation to finish," Detoyato said.

The BFP used a high-definition scanner to get a digital layout of the entire building that was destroyed by the explosion.

"Ginamit nila iyon para maidokumento sa mabilis na paraan ang mga pangyayare at upang matukoy kung may aktibo pang explosives bago i-declare na totally ligtas na ang area," Severino Sevilla, Taguig fire station investigation and intelligence division chief, said.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Alan Purisima immediately ordered a safety inspection of all PNP armories and mining areas to avoid similar incidents in the future.

"I reminded them na dapat ay siguraduhin nilang sapat na ligtas at maayos ang pagkakatago ng mga bomba't pampasabog na nasa kanilang pag iingat lalo na ang pagkakaroon nito ng maayos na bentilasyon," he said.

"Lalo na sa mga lalawigan na may mga malalaking minahan kung saan ipinatatago ng mga ito ang kanilang mga pampasabog sa PNP," he added. (Sunnex)

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