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Fire razes mall in Marasbaras

By Marie Tonette Marticio 
TACLOBAN CITY – After almost seven hours, firefighters still failed to contain the fire that engulfed a mall in this city Wednesday night.

(Photo via Marie Marticio)

(Photo via Marie Marticio)

Initial investigation by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) disclosed that the fire reportedly started at around 5:30 p.m. at Brgy. Marasbas here at the extension area of a mall, particularly from the kitchen of a restaurant.

The fire reportedly spread into the neighboring establishments and continued to spread to the main building and the expansion area.

City Mayor Alfred Romuldez who immediately went to the area said the fire was contained earlier in the evening, but it spread to the ceiling, and moved to the front portion of the mall.

The fire had already reached 4th alarm prompting fire trucks from nearby municipalities from Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, Mayorga Abuyog, Sta. Fe, Alangalang, Jaro, Dagami, Pastrana, Carigara, Babatngon and Capoocan, Leyte, as well as Basey, Samar to assist the local fire bureau in putting it out.

“Nobody was hurt and we were able to move and evacuate the people (from the bulding),” he said.

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