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Mayor orders probe on Zamboanga fire
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Mayor Beng Climaco has ordered an investigation into the huge fire that hit a commercial area here.
Last week’s fire destroyed a movie house, a shopping store and several establishments and private offices in downtown Zamboanga.
Climaco said the fire lasted over 5 hours. She said there were no reports of casualties. “Thank God that there is no single casualty in the fire. The Fire Bureau is investigating this,” she told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
The fire consumed the Viva Theater and UniSales Department Store along Mayor Manuel Jaldon Street. The blaze reached “general alarm” which prompted other fire stations and private fire fighters to help put out the fire.
The cause of the fire is still unknown, but initial reports said the damage to the blaze could run into millions of pesos.
Mayor Beng Climaco rushes to the fire scene in downtown Zamboanga where a huge fire destroyed a movie house and a department store, including several private offices. (Photos by Joey Bautista and Ely Dumaboc)