MANILA, Philippines – The top floor of Gaisano Capital building collapsed after fire of undetermined origin hit the mall Friday, the local news agency Cebu Daily News reported.
No one was reported hurt in the fire, Cebu Daily News added in a tweet using its account @cebudailynews.
Quoting its staff photographer, Junjie Mendoza, the news agency noted a sudden burst of fire from the mall’s top building.
“Black smoke (is) still coming out from the broken windows of the 7-floor building of Gaisano Capital 15 hours after the fire broke,” Cebu Daily News said.
The fire began at 12:42 a.m. after a mall guard heard a loud explosion, according to another local news outlet Sun Star Cebu. The fire could lead to the loss of at least a thousand jobs in Gaisano, Sun Star Cebu added.
This is not the first time that portions of a Gaisano building collapsed. In 2010, parts of Gaisano Capital Tisa located on F. Llamas St, Tisa, Cebu City collapsed, killing five construction workers and injuring six. – Rappler.com