Fire guts warehouse, food park in City of San Fernando
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — A warehouse of motorcycle spare parts and tire shop about 200 meters away from this city’s Heroes Hall in Barangay San Juan was razed by a second-alarm fire Friday morning.
The fire, allegedly caused by electrical short circuit started at 9:20 a.m. Friday and burned down the warehouse of LL Motorcycle Parts owned by one Louie Canlas, said Fire Inspector Roderick Marquez. “Pagdating namin, medyo lumaki pa ‘yung sunog kaya tinaas ko agad sa second alarm by 9:40 a.m. Mabilis kumalat kasi puro goma e, mga gulong ang nasa stock room pero by 10 a.m., na control na namin,” he said. Aside from the spare parts and tire warehouse, a house and a food park which have just been renovated were also engulfed by fire before it was declared totally put out at 12:15 p.m. on the same day. “Nadamay ‘yung katabing bahay, kamag-anak din daw nung may-ari ng tire shop tsaka itong Comos Food Park. Nasa likuran lang nitong warehouse kaya mga limang kubo ‘yung nasunog din sa kanya,” he said.
No injuries or casualties were reported on the incident but some P2-million damage to properties was estimated by fire personnel in their initial assessment, Marquez said. Marquez noted that the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) will continue to conduct inspections in the area and look if there is negligence on the part of Canlas to impose possible charges after the damages the fire caused. Parallel investigation Mayor Edwin Santiago directed the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) to conduct a parallel investigation with the BFP regarding the real cause of the fire and the existence of the warehouse within a residential area. “I have ordered the CDRRMO to conduct a parallel investigation so we will really know what caused the fire and if the warehouse has the necessary permit to be established within this residential compound,” he told SunStar Pampanga. Although many of the residents living in separate houses there are relatives, he said that it was important that officials inspecting such warehouses are implementing the necessary measures and safety procedures before permits are issued. “We need to find out in the investigation if the necessary safety requirements like anti-fire measures are being complied with, especially a warehouse like this is within a residential area. We are talking of not only properties here, but lives of people as well,” concluded Santiago. (with JTD)