MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A fire broke out in a slum area near Gilmore Avenue in Quezon City late Saturday evening, April 5.
The exact location of the fire was at #62, Santolan Road, Barangay Valencia.
Senior Fire Officer 1 Francisco Mabunga of the Quezon City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the fire was put under control at 12:35 am, Sunday, April 6. He added that the cause of the fire has yet to be established.
As of 1:19 am, investigation was still ongoing. As of this writing, Major Alma Abacahin, chief investigator, was still on the site of the fire.
ADVISORY: Fire in Gilmore Santolan – boundary of QC and San Juan (residential light materials) now onTask Force Alpha. #mmda— Official MMDA (@MMDA) April 5, 2014
Firefighter and EMT volunteer Bryan Paolo Dalanon first tweeted about the fire alert, seeking assistance.
Fire Alert! As of 4/5/14 11:11PM -Gilmore, Santolan, San Juan – Now on 4th Alarm to code Alpha…. -Assistance Needed….— Fire and Rescue PH (@fireandrescueph) April 5, 2014
Edward Lim, who was in the area of the fire, overheard fire victims lament the loss of their property. He, however, said the mood was relatively calm.
Netizen Veronica Valbuena took a distant shot of the area on fire.