BFP waits for complainants in LPG refilling station fire
The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) was waiting for the families of the victims of a fire that followed an explosion at an LPG refilling station in Pasig City last Wednesday to file criminal complaints against the station’s owner.
A gas corporation supervisor was killed and 21 other persons were injured in the blasts and fire that destroyed the refilling station on Sandoval Avenue in Barangay San Miguel.
William Khey, 39, Omni gas corporation supervisor, died from burn injuries. The others were still being treated at the Rizal Medical Center.
“There are still no complainants. We’re already gathering pertinent documents and evidence to determine if there are grounds to file charged of negligence resulting in multiple injuries and damage of property,” Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) fire marshal, Fire Senior Inspector Anthony Arroyo, said in an interview.
Fire Chief Inspector Nazrudyn Cablayan said they are waiting for the families to come forward to discuss the filing of charges against the refilling station, especially since the company has promised to shoulder the medical expenses.
All but one of the 21 injured were workers of Omni gas. The exception was Epifanio Ause, a worker at a nearby furniture shop who sustained cuts when the wall of the shop collapsed from the impact of the explosion.
Arroyo said corrosion inside the station’s 15-ton storage tank caused gas fumes to leak and spread to a nearby gasoline station,
“The tank leaked. The refilling station’s fire trucks tried to disperse the fumes, but it was too late. The fumes had escaped into the atmosphere,” Arroyo explained.
The explosions occurred 30 minutes before the blaze, he said.
Workers of Omni gas were repairing the leaking gas tank just before the incident happened.
Arroyo said the explosion originated from two rooms in the bunkhouse of the refilling station.