Fire hits telecom warehouse, destroys P111-M properties

CAGAYAN DE ORO. Firefighters are covered in a thick smoke emitting from the warehouse of PLDT in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. (PJ Orias)

OFFICIALS pegged the damage caused by a fire that hit a warehouse of telecommunications company PLDT in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, August 12, at P111 million.

Senior Fire Officer 3 Samson Velarde, Carmen Fire Station chief, said structural damage was estimated around P5 million, but the estimated amount of damage to the PLDT telecommunication equipment already reached P106 million as of Tuesday, August 13.

The fire, which started at 4:04 a.m., caused the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (Cepalco) to immediately cut the power line off. The incident resulted in interrupted internet connections that affected 600 PLDT subscribers.

PLDT/Philcom-Northern Mindanao area head Dario Vasallo said telecommunication equipment placed inside the warehouse include installation materials, such as fiber modems, fiber cables, telephone sets, and other office supplies.

Velarde said the materials inside the warehouse were made of plastic, which are highly flammable. It was only at 9:28 p.m. Monday, August 12, that the fire was put under control.

He said they are looking into two angles as cause of the blaze: an electrical-related fire incident, and highly flammable materials inside the warehouse that contributed to the fire.

Vasallo, meanwhile, assured subscribers that they will restore internet connection the soonest time possible.

Affected subscribers can call the PLDT hotline 171, while those paying customers can pay at Bayad Centers all over the city.


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