MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – A fire struck the Hacienda Inasal restaurant at the Glorietta 3 shopping mall in Makati City on Sunday evening, November 20.
Arson investigator SFO3 Gerson Moncada told journalists there were no customers in the restaurant when the fire broke out shortly before 8 pm. Four crew members were on duty at the time.
No one was hurt in the blaze, which started from the restaurant's kitchen.
"Ang isang personnel po ng restaurant nakakita po ng usok sa kitchen, sa exhaust fan, ducting system sa kitchen area ng Hacienda Inasal," said Moncada.
(One restaurant crew member first saw smoke coming from the kitchen, the exhaust fan, the ducting system in the kitchen area of Hacienda Inasal.)
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The restaurant is located right above a branch of Gold's Gym, prompting onlookers to initially think that the fire broke out at the fitness center.
The blaze had been under the 1st alarm – the lowest – at 8:05 pm. It was then declared under control as of 8:56 pm, and eventually put out at 9:09 pm.
Glorietta's security personnel had immediately evacuated shoppers, even those in other parts of the mall.