TWO days before the start of the Fire Prevention Month, a fire hit a restaurant on the second floor of a mall in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 27, 2021.
FO2 Fulbert Navaro of the Cebu City Fire Department identified the establishment as Kogi Q, which rents a space at SM City Cebu.
The estimate of the damage was pegged at P400,000. No one was hurt in the incident and no other commercial spaces were damaged by the fire.
Navaro said they received the fire alarm at 1:16 p.m. The firefighters and volunteers arrived within four minutes.
The firefighters controlled the blaze from spreading at 2:09 p.m. They later declared the fire out at 2:15 p.m.
Navaro said they are still investigating the cause of the fire, which reportedly started at the restaurant’s chimney.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page, SM City Cebu said the fire occurred in an isolated area. It said the area was evacuated for the safety of the customers and tenant employees.
The mall is conducting a joint investigation with the Bureau of Fire Protection.