Powerful blasts destroy building, causes panic PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 August 2013 13:54

A two-storey commercial building was almost entirely destroyed when a series of powerful explosions from a storage of pyrotechnic and firecracker products sparked a fire in Guiwan, this city Friday night.

The blasts, heard as far as Mercedes in the east coast, caused panic among many residents who are still going through a bomb scare brought about by the recent deadly bombings in Cagayan de Oro City and Cotabato City and the warnings that later came via text messages alleging that more bomb attacks would come in Mindanao Cities, including Zamboanga.

A house located at the back of the building was also damaged by the fire.

The glass wall of the Bank of the Philippine Island and other nearby stores were also destroyed due to the strong impact of the explosions.

The incident took place at the two storey building being occupied by a store selling feeds, firecrackers, flower shop and a bakery.

Employees of other business establishments said that before the loud explosions, they saw thick smoke coming from the building particularly at the CT Firecrackers owned by 50-year-old Daisy Bangayan,

Bangayan was later seen running out of the store, then the loud explosions ensued.

Guiwan and many neighboring barangays experienced blackouts as a result of the series of blasts.

Small flames sparked by the explosions developed into a blaze that spread to the house at the back of the building.

Debris flew from the building to the Lobregat highway because of the strong impact.

An owner type jeep owned by the Bangayans and two trucks were also damaged.

Julie Bangayan, sister of Daisy, rushed to the scene to assist and comfort the latter.

Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar and Councilors Rudy Bayot, Rommel Agan and Mike Alavar III rushed to the scene and supervised the situation.

Friday night’s series of explosions from pyrotechnic was the third to happen in the city.

Last year, similar but stronger explosions took place at a warehouse located at the interior of Veterans Avenue and Nunez Extension that brought destruction  to many establishments including Ciudad Medical Hospital.

The second incident was at Veterans Avenue that also sparked a fire and razed a building  where two women were killed. – Dan Toribio Jr.