Philippine Air Force

LOOK: Chopper rescues stranded individuals in Mandaluyong tower fire

Jairo Bolledo
LOOK: Chopper rescues stranded individuals in Mandaluyong tower fire

RESCUE OPS. A Philippine Air Force unit led the rescue operations for individuals trapped in a burning high-rise building on September 2, 2021.

Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, PAF commanding general

The Philippine Air Force rescues 96 persons stranded in the fire that broke out at The Mega Tower in Mandaluyong

The Philippine Air Force (PAF) 505th Search and Rescue Group led the rescue operations of stranded individuals after a fire broke out in a high-rise office building inside the SM Megamall complex along EDSA in Mandaluyong City on Thursday, September 2. 

An aerial photo of the burning building on September 2, 2021.
Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, PAF commanding general

In photos shared by PAF commanding general Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, trapped persons were rescued by an air force chopper on the roof of The Mega Tower, located in Barangay Highway Hills. At least 96 individuals were rescued, said the PAF.

Trapped individuals as seen from the air force’s chopper.
Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, PAF commanding general

On Thursday, the Bureau of Fire Protection reported that a fire broke out at the 50-story tower around 10:26 am. It took three hours for the firefighters to put the fire under control at around 1:52 pm. 

A batch of rescued individuals loading the chopper.
Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, PAF commanding general

The BFP declared fire out at around 3:50 pm. There were no reported injuries and the cause of fire had yet to be determined. 

Rescued individuals inside the chopper.
Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, PAF commanding general

On August 11, a fire also broke out in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City due to a gas explosion in a construction establishment. Only one person was reported injured and suffered 3rd degree burns in his face and upper and lower extremities. – Rappler.com 

Jairo Bolledo

Jairo Bolledo is a multimedia reporter at Rappler covering the police, crime, military, and security.