Fire destroys P94-M property in Gov Camins PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 August 2017 17:04

By DAN TORIBIO

Around P94-million worth of property went up in smoke after a six hour fire gutted a department store along Governor Camins Avenue Wednesday night.

The alarm was sounded at around 10:10pm Wednesday when a fire was reported at the 3-storey commercial structure, the Maker Sales Center, an establishment owned by Unirich Marketing Corporation.

The store is a retail establishment selling imported China products along Governor Camins Avenue.

Zamboanga District Fire Marshall F/Chief Insp. Clint Cha said that the six hour fire started at 10:10pm and reached 5th alarm at around 12:15am.

The fire was officially placed under control at around 12:50am but fireout was declared at 4am Thursday.

Smoke was still reported coming out from the building even after the flames were put out by firemen.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) estimated the amount of damage at P94, 095,000.00 after the fire razed merchandise such as clothing, plastic ware, appliances and other items sold by the store.

Despite a reported difficulty in entering the establishment firemen were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjoining establishments, particularly a gas station located just meters away from the burning edifice.

Traffic congestion was noted along Governor Camins yesterday morning  as curious motorists slowed down in front of the burned structure to check out the ruins.

Fire investigators are still gathering more information on the cause of the fire.  Witnesses however reported seeing smoke coming out from the inner portion of the store before the conflagration spread throughout the structure.  (Dan Toribio with reports from Liza Jocson)