Firecracker outlet catches fire in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/10 August) – An explosion rocked this city Friday night after an outlet of firecracker and pyrotechnic products caught fire that gutted a two-story commercial building.

Supt. Dominador Zabala Jr., fire marshal of the Zamboanga City Fire District (ZCFD), said the fire that occurred at around 9 p.m. in Barangay Guiwan destroyed an estimated P3 million worth of properties and injured an individual.

The building, which is owned by Joseph Bangayan, is located within a flourishing commercial center in Barangay Guiwan and just around 60 meters away from the inter-provincial bus terminal.

Raul Resada, 21, was injured due to the strong impact of the pyrotechnics explosion.

Initial investigation showed the fire started in one of the stalls of the two-story building and rapidly spread when the stocks of firecracker and pyrotechnic products caught fire and exploded.

The occupants of the building include an outlet of feed products, a bakeshop, a motorcycle display center, a massage parlor, an outlet of lechon manok, a flower shop and the fireworks store, according to the police.

The incident was jointly investigated by the ZCFD and the local police.

Zabala said on Saturday that they have yet to ascertain the origin of the fire.

Aside from the two-story building, several vehicles parked in front of the establishment were also destroyed, as well as some nearby establishments to include a bank due to the impact of the firecrackers and pyrotechnics explosion. (MindaNews)