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By Francis Allan L. Angelo

 

PROPERTIES worth P5 million went up in smoke when a fire hit a building that used to house one of the popular cinemas along Iznart Street, Iloilo City.

According to Fire C/Insp. Rodolfo Dinaga, Iloilo City fire marshal, the blaze hit Allegro Theater building 2:15am Friday.

Dinaga said the fire may have originated from a pile of trash near the theater stage located on the second floor of the building. Dinaga added they learned that workers welded portions of the building’s trusses Thursday evening.

Dinaga said they have yet to find out the cause of the fire although they were looking at faulty electric wirings or sparks from the welding machines.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and fire volunteer groups quelled the fire in one hour while the mopping up operations lasted until 6:15am.

Dinaga said the fire spread quickly because the facade of the building was made of galvanized iron and ordinary plywood.

The BFP official said the fire gobbled up an estimated P5 million worth of merchandises owned by two Korean nationals and Ilonggo traders renting the building.

Dinaga said they are awaiting the affidavits of loss of the fire victims to determine the final amount of damage.

“It will take at least five days before we can determine the actual cause of fire,” he added.

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