By Anthony Giron
About a hundred workers were reportedly brought to different hospitals after a big fire razed the House Technology Industries (HTI) factory in Cavite Export Processing Zone Authority compound here.
The local Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Office reported that the fire at the factory building started early Wednesday evening and continued to raze the building vicinity as of 1 a.m. Thursday.
The BFP personnel said that they were still determining if there were workers trapped in the burning building.
Initial BFP report said that there were at least 100 workers who were brought to Divine Grace Medical Center and other hospitals in this city for treatment.
Most victims were suffocated due to smoke billowing at the burning building.
Citing a report, Senior Superintendent Arhur Velsaco Bisnar, Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) director, said that the fire razed a wood fabrication factory and that the fire alarm was raised to Task Force Charlie by mid-Wednesday night.
FO1 Russel Lorenzana of the BFP Central Fire Station in Imus District said that their fire trucks and men responded to the scene on first call at 6:19 p.m. on Wednesday.
The fire extent and its cause have yet to be determined, Lorenzana told the Manila Bulletin.
Interviewed by radio DZMM, Governor Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla, quoting reports, said that there were some 100 factory workers who were brought to hospitals at the height of the fire.
The EPZA had its own fire station and police and security personnel.
The fire incident would be looked into by the EPZA fire chief.
Former Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla Jr. said in his Facebook post: “40 hurt and hundreds missing. Let us all be one in prayer for the HTI employees.”
The provincial officials said that the fire incident update would be rendered this morning.