BFP waits for com­plainants in LPG re­fill­ing sta­tion fire

Manila Bulletin - - News - By JENNY F. MANONGDO

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.

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