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Metro Ayala fire contained but not yet under control—BFP exec

    CEBU CITY---The fire at the Metro Ayala in Cebu City has been "contained in the area" but is still not under control as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, about 12 hours since the flames broke out. Supt. Ronaldo Orbeta, deputy director for operations of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP-7) and ground commander, said firefighters continue to put out the fire that destroyed the department store's five floors.   The official said the fire has been contained in specific areas and no longer spread to other premises but the blaze is still being doused by water. The fire had not spread to the adjacent Ayala Center Cebu although the mall remained closed and the emp...Keep on reading: Metro Ayala fire contained but not yet under control—BFP exec.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerJan 6th, 2018

Cebu Mall Fire Controlled in 2 Days: CCDRRMO

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CCDRRMO) on Saturday projected it would take two days to control the fire which broke out at the toy department’s stockroom on the third floor of Metro Ayala Cebu just as the mall was about to close Friday night. Employees and customers of the department store, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Damaged property from Cebu fire drags Metro Retail profit down 6%

Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc. reported a 6% decline in net profit at P90 million for the first quarter of 2018, a result of a fire that hit Ayala Center Cebu in January which lasted more than two days. The listed company’s net sales also dropped 12.0% at P6.968 billion, from P7.92 billion in the […] The post Damaged property from Cebu fire drags Metro Retail profit down 6% appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Parañaque building fire contained after 8 hours

  A fire which hit a commercial building in Paraaque was finally put under control after almost eight hourson Tuesday.   Firefighters contained the blaze that swept through the Ed and Jo Building on Quirino Avenue in Baclaran as of6 p.m., according to the Paraaque Bureau of Fire Protection.   At least 30 units in the building, which is owned by a certain Richard Jose, were destroyed by the fire that reached fifth alarm.   According to Paraaque BFP, no one was reported hurt, although two fire volunteers have complained of difficulty in breathing while battling the fire.   The fire started at10:22 a.m.and was raised to fifth alarm as ...Keep on reading: Parañaque building fire contained after 8 hours.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Ayala Center Cebu reopens January 18 in time for Sinulog

  CEBU CITY----Ayala Center Cebu will reopen onJan. 18, just 12 days after it was forced to shut down its operation following the fire that gutted an adjacent department store. But a handful of stores and stalls inside the mall would not be allowed to resume operations, said Cebu Holdings Inc., (CHI) which owns and operates Ayala Center Cebu. These stores were located in the section of the mall that was connected to Metro department store, which was destroyed in a fire that ran for almost three days. "There are parts of the main mall which connects to Metro that will be boarded up. So the stores and stalls near this area will not be able to open yet," said lawyer...Keep on reading: Ayala Center Cebu reopens January 18 in time for Sinulog.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Davide Orders Fire-Safety Inspection of Capitol-Owned Facilities

In the wake of the 40-hour fire that gutted Metro Ayala, Governor Hilario P. Davide III has ordered for the inspection of all Capitol-owned facilities and buildings, including in the towns and cities of Cebu province. “I asked Engr. (Hector) Jamora to check on the Capitol and Legislative buildings, especially stock rooms and bodegas and […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Firemen need better fire fighting equipment

I was in Manila last weekend when late Friday evening, my Facebook friends reported that there was smoke emitting out of the Metro Ayala Department Store......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Cebu mall fire declared under control

CEBU, Philippines -  After more than 24 hours, the fire that hit the Metro Gaisano Mall in Cebu City’s business park was declared under control shortly after.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

TUCP calls for fire safety inspection of malls nationwide

LABOR GROUP Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) in a statement on Sunday called for a joint fire safety audit of malls nationwide by the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) and the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP). “The ongoing Metro Ayala Mall and the Gaisano mall and the NCCC Mall fires are symptoms […] The post TUCP calls for fire safety inspection of malls nationwide appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Cebu Metro-Ayala fire nearing end on Sunday — BFP

CEBU CITY --- The fire at Metro Department Store at the Ayala Center Cebu here is expected to be completely put out on Sunday. Senior Supt. Samuel Tadeo, chief of the Bureau of Fire and Protection in Central Visayas, said they were blasting all the floors of the store with water on Sunday, nearly two days after fire broke out Friday evening. "We are making sure that there's no more fire on every level. We will do our best to completely put out the fire today," he said Sunday. The fire broke out at 9:44 p.m. last Friday from the stock room of the toy department located on the third floor. Tadeo said they had yet to determine the cause of the blaze. "We already invited t...Keep on reading: Cebu Metro-Ayala fire nearing end on Sunday — BFP.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Fire hits Cebu mall

MANILA, Philippines — A fire that hit the Metro Gaisano-Ayala, a popular department store in Cebu City, on Friday night continued to rage yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Two backhoe operators caught stealing shoes during Cebu mall fire

CEBU CITY -- Two backhoe operators were arrested by Ayala Center Cebu security guards who caught them stealing shoes at the Metro Department Store at the Ayala Center while firefighters were working to put out the blaze at the mall on Saturday morning. Security guard Revimelfe Serenas said he saw the two men -- identified as Arnel Villarta, 39, and Edwin Sarabia, 49, -- after a responding team of firefighters broke a wall of the mall. Sarabia and Villarta denied the allegation, saying they were just trying on the shoes. The two were detained at the police station in Barangay Mabolo in Cebu City. --Benjie Talisic/atm...Keep on reading: Two backhoe operators caught stealing shoes during Cebu mall fire.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Cebu City mall fire rekindles 24 hours after breaking out

CEBU CITY --- The fire that hit a department store here rekindled past 9 p.m. on Saturday, 24 hours after the blaze broke out. Fire fighters immediately trained their hoses to put out the blaze on the third floor of the Metro Department Store at the Ayala Center Cebu to prevent it from creeping up to the sixth floor, the location of a generator set that contains 8,000 liters of fuel. Senior Supt. Samuel Tadeo, director of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Central Visayas, said the blaze might have been rekindled by the wind especially that the floors were already exposed after they had torn down portions of the walls and roofs to ventilate the building and relieve the smoke and ...Keep on reading: Cebu City mall fire rekindles 24 hours after breaking out.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Probers checking for violations of safety rules in Cebu mall fire

CEBU CITY --- Fire investigators are looking into possible violations of fire safety rules by the management of Metro Ayala in Cebu City following the fire that broke out and damaged the department store on Friday evening. Supt. Ronaldo Orbeta, deputy director for operations of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Central Visayas, said on Saturday that they had received reports that Metro Ayala's sprinklers and fire alarm did not function. "We're conducting an investigation to determine whether or not there were violations. We will also invite the persons who were present in the storage room where the fire started,' he said in an interview. Orbeta said they had yet to establish ...Keep on reading: Probers checking for violations of safety rules in Cebu mall fire.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Putting out fire at Ayala mall in Cebu may take 2 more days

Authorities on Saturday said it may take two more days before fire out is declared at the burning Ayala Metro mall in Cebu City. Source link link: Putting out fire at Ayala mall in Cebu may take 2 more days.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Fire hits Cebu mall

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Fire struck a mall building in Cebu City Friday night, January 5. Metro Gaisano said in a statement that the fire at the Metro Ayala Center was detected at around 9:30 pm on Friday. At around that time, “smoke was detected at the 3rd floor toys ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Fire engulfing third floor of Ayala mall in Cebu

        CEBU CITY---At least 18 firetrucks responded to put out the fire that broke out Friday night on the third floor of Metro Ayala inside Ayala Center Cebu at the Cebu Business Park, a business district operated by Cebu Holdings Inc., an affiliate of Ayala Land Inc.   The fire broke out at 9:48 p.m. from the toy department of Metro Ayala located on the third floor. The cause was still unknown as firemen are still in the process of containing the blaze.   Fire fighters, who didn't have gas masks, had difficulty going inside the place where the fire originated because of the thick smoke.   As of this posting, the fire...Keep on reading: Fire engulfing third floor of Ayala mall in Cebu.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

No mercy for trigger-happy cops, warns Albayalde

  There will be no mercy for policemen who cannot control their itchy trigger fingers.   Metro Manila police chief Oscar Albayalde declared in no uncertain terms that cops caught firing their firearms during the New Year's Eve celebration will be summarily dismissed from the service.   "There is no reason for you to fire your firearms indiscriminately. There is absolutely no reason," Albayalde said at a briefing on Thursday.   "There will be no mercy for policemen caught for indiscriminate firing. That is the order of our [Philippine National Police] chief," Albayalde stressed.   Already, two policemen are already facing summary dis...Keep on reading: No mercy for trigger-happy cops, warns Albayalde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Fire halts MRT3 operations; heavy traffic expected on Quirino Highway

A small fire broke out beneath one of the coaches of a Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) train on Sunday, briefly interrupting services and forcing passengers to alight and walk on the railway toward the nearest station. Quoting the MRT3 Control Center, Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Cesar Chavez said that due to the incident, train operations were limited to between Shaw and Taft stations starting at 10:20 a.m. The affected train was later removed and operations returned to normal at 11:12 a.m. The fire broke out in a northbound train shortly after it left the Araneta Center-Cubao station. Black smoke was detected emanating from under the fifth coach at 10:14 a.m. ...Keep on reading: Fire halts MRT3 operations; heavy traffic expected on Quirino Highway.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

PBA: Hotshots shut down TNT to break 3-game slide

Magnolia was absolutely in the zone in the second half to crush TNT. The Hotshots were on fire on both ends Wednesday, beating the KaTropa, 111-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. Magnolia exploded for 36 points in the third period to turn the game around and then they just shut down TNT in the fourth, 32-16, to break the game wide open. The win finally got the Hotshots back on the winning track, breaking out of a three-game slump to improve to 4-4 in the standings. TNT dropped to 6-2, giving up its hold of the top-2 spot. "For the last two weeks we had different imports so we have a problem with chemistry," head coach Chito Victolero said. "But I told my players to find ways how to win games and I'm very proud and very happy that they responded to my challenge," he added. Magnolia appeared to be in trouble early as TNT opened up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, 48-36. The Hotshots managed to close the gap before the first half ended, 43-48, setting up their huge rally in the next two quarters. A 12-0 run for Magnolia in the fourth to take a 99-76 lead pretty much ended things. Paul Lee led the way for the Hotshots with 25 points, 17 in the blistering third period as Magnolia started to take control of the game. Import Justin Jackson played his first game for the Hotshots and added 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also had seven assists. Terrence Romeo paced the KaTropa with 17 points and seven assists.   The Scores:   MAGNOLIA 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2. TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.   Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

E-waste an aggravating heap of a toxic problem in Thailand

A 100-rai (16-hectare) recycling plant in Chachoengsao province had been reported as having some of its lead furnaces engulfed in a fire a few months ago, and that's how the country was exposed once again to a shocking fact -- that Thailand has become a critical hub of transboundary electronic waste transport due to its weak laws and poor e-waste management regime. Responding to a complaint of toxic leakage, an integrated force of pollution control and public health experts and police, led by national deputy police chief Pol General Weerachai Songmetta, late last month raided WMD (Wai Mei Dat) Thai Recycling Co Ltd. The officers found improper waste disposal and the seepage of heavy me...Keep on reading: E-waste an aggravating heap of a toxic problem in Thailand.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018