Arson attempt at old public market foiled PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:19

By DAN TORIBIO

After the deadly fire at the waterfront market on November 1 where 15 people were killed and dozens of stalls destroyed, an arson attempt in the same market was foiled by a security guard and a sweeper aftert they spotted an unidentified person dousing gasoline on a stall at Row E last Monday night.

A police report disclosed that Roman Francisco, a sweeper at the market, spotted an unidentified man with his face concealed with a handkerchief,  pouring a gallon of gasoline in one of the stalls along Row E.

Francisco yelled at the man who ran away leaving the empty gallon while a portion of the stall was already wet with gasoline.

Francisco reported the incident to the security guard on duty identified as Gustillo who also reported the incident to authorities.

Lawmen searched for the suspect in the entire market but he was nowhere to be found.

Security has further tightened inside the public market.

Investigation on the November 1 deadly fire is still ongoing to pinpoint responsibility.

Mayor Beng Climaco has asked the City Council to review the city’s Market Code to upgrade rules and regulations and prevent similar tragedies.

Part of the investigation is how come there have people who made the old market their homes that is clearly prohibited under the Market Code.— Dan Toribio Jr.