THE Bacolod City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is still conducting a thorough investigation to determine the cause of fire that hit a warehouse at Villa Lucasan in Barangay Mandalagan past 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

No injuries or casualties were reported during the blaze that lasted for almost four hours.

City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Rodel Legaspi said Thursday, January 13, that the fire destroyed over P5 million in goods and properties at the storage facility of Carvi Upholstery Supply owned by Marisol Descutido.

"Our arson investigators proceeded to the area since the warehouse was destroyed and we need more evidence," he said, adding that "we will gather all their employees to determine their activities inside the warehouse before the incident."

The BFP official said they were informed that before the incident, one of the employees was fixing their roof due to the Typhoon Odette and there's a possibility that the person used a welding machine to fix it.

Legaspi noted that the warehouse was full of textiles and plastic supplies considered as flammable materials thus, the blaze rapidly spread.

Aside from the upholstery store, a portion of the neighboring machine shop owned by Carmelo Alemon Sr. and two vehicles parked outside were also damaged.