Fire razed a warehouse full of highly combustible materials in Valenzuela City yesterday morning, destroying P25 million worth of property. Fire officer 3 Roy Arbis of the city’s Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire broke out at around 9:10 a.m. in the 1,000-square meter HHB Compound on Miranda Street in Paso de Blas. The compound was owned by Insulite Manufacturing, a company which made insulation materials for houses.
The fire destroyed the warehouse, as well as the raw materials, finished products and machinery stored inside. Arbis said they were still investigating the cause of the fire although an initial investigation showed that a power interruption hit the area just minutes before the blaze broke out. He added that this might have sparked the fire as the fluctuation in electrical supply could have caused some of the machines in the warehouse to malfunction. Arbis said none of the workers in the compound were killed or injured. Authorities said they found it hard to battle the fire because of the presence of very combustible materials which served to fuel the flames.
The fire reached the level of Task Force Bravo, prompting the city’s fire bureau to alert all other firemen in metro Manila and ask them for assistance. It raged for nearly two hours before it was put out at around 11 a.m.