About P15 million worth of properties went up in flames after an hour-long fire hit a warehouse of VMC Rural Electric Service Cooperative (VRESCO) in Manapla, Negros Occidental, yesterday, the Bureau of Fire and Protection said.
Senior Fire Officer 1 Joel Arcosa, Manapla BFP chief, yesterday said the fire originated from a meter dial testing board at the line equipment section of the warehouse, where the transformer and rewinding section, union office and motorpool are located.
Arcosa said he and Fire Officer 1 Ariel Mediodia suffered minor injuries and abrasions, while putting out the fire, that started at about 3 a.m. and was placed under control, two hours later.
Inspector Julius Ceasar Colado, Manapla police chief, however, said there was no reported injury among VRESCO employees.
Arcosa said the fire gutted almost 80 percent of the warehouse building.
The Manapla BFP firefighters were joined by their colleagues from Victorias, Cadiz and EB Magalona, as well as a rescue unit, in putting out the fire. *GPB