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Fire razes Robinsons Tacloban; damage pegged at Php 40-M

TACLOBAN CITY – After 16 hours of fighting fire, firefighters were finally able to contain the fire that engulfed Robinsons Place Tacloban Wednesday night, October 23.

Initial investigation disclosed that the fire reportedly started around 5:40 in the afternoon at Brgy. Marasbas here. The Bureau of Protection (BFP) 8 regional director, SSupt. Renato Marcial, said a thick smoke started to billow out of the extension area, particularly from the range hood of 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 then reached 4th alarm prompting 39 firetrucks from nearby municipalities of Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, San Miguel, 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 off. 
It was declared fire out at 9:03 AM, Thursday, where Marcial said was understandable considering the chemicals and other combustible materials stored in the mall.

“At least nobody was hurt, the fire was identified earlier so we were able to move and evacuate the people (from the building),” Mayor Romualdez shared. 

The extent of the damage was initially pegged at Php 40 million, while 30 percent of the mall has been damaged by fire.

As of this writing, the BFP is still determining the cause of the fire. By Marie Tonette Marticio

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