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Blow at Paco Market and PGH

Vaseline 1 month ago

Photo courtesy of Philippine General Hospital (PGH)

Photo courtesy of Philippine General Hospital (PGH)

The first fire broke out near the Paco Market at 8 p.m. on Saturday, while three hours later another fire destroyed the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Ermita, Manila, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said on Sunday.

Fire Inspector Leo Andiso, deputy district fire commissioner of the Manila Fire Department, said the first fire hit a commercial building on Pedro Gil Street.

According to Andiso, it quickly spread to other establishments made of light materials, prompting them to raise a second alarm at 8:09 p.m.

Andiso said the fire also affected Paco Catholic School and continued to rage, reaching the fifth alarm.

And it wasn’t extinguished until 10:28 p.m., and the fire was extinguished at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday.

They estimated the cost of the fire at P1.6 million while they were still conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.

He added that a volunteer firefighter was slightly injured during the fire.

Andiso also reported that about a hundred patients were evacuated when the second fire broke out at PGH, which raged for only 20 minutes before they were able to extinguish it.

However, the deputy district fire commissioner said the fire had affected the former X-ray room, which was used to store medicines, as smoke was also detected in the emergency room.

The fire was declared at 11:36 p.m., with arson probes still determining the cause of the fire.