Explosion triggered fire razes 4 stores Print
Sunday, 11 August 2013 14:34

Initial investigation of the Guiwan explosion-fire incident Friday night showed large quantity of firecrackers and pyrotechnics at the fire scene, but Mayor Beng Climaco has asked authorities to conduct further investigation to determine liability and charges to be filed against those responsible for incident.

Mayor Climaco yesterday afternoon convened a special meeting of all agencies that responded and involved in the investigation of the fire-blast that razed at least for business shops including the stall occupied by CT Fireworks and Pyrotechnics.

The mayor was at the scene and was personally giving instructions in coordination with the concerned authorities.

The meeting was attended by City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr., City Police OIC Director Col. Jose Chiquito Malayo, Task Force Zamboanga Chief Col. Androlino Colina, Firearms and Explosives Security Agencies and Guards Supervision Chief Ariel Juesca, City Legal Officer Atty. Jesus Carbon, City Planning and Development Officer Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, City Engineer Luis Despalo, City Licensing officer III Corazon Cairo and several others.

City Fire Marshal Dominador Zabala estimated the cost of damage to properties to P3 million. One person sustained minor injuries when hit by debris at the height of the fire and explosion of pyrotechnics and firecrackers.

The fire originated from CT Fireworks and Pyrotechnics, owned and managed by Daisy Bangayan Aquino and was caused by pyrotechnics explosion, Zabala said.

Aquino, who was missing at the height of the incident Friday, surfaced Saturday  morning, according to the fire marshall.

During the meeting it was found out that CT Fireworks and Pyrotechnics Aquino was operating with expired license from the FESAGS and locational clearance from the CPDO.

Orendain said based on an executive order, permits for firecracker and pyrotechnics dealers are processed from September to December. He said the same order only allows 50 kilograms of firecrackers and pyrotechnics to be placed on display.

Several recommendations to help resolve the incident were presented during the meeting.

The CLO, through Atty. Carbon, has offered its services to the PNP-FESAGS and EOD and the BFP to whatever legal action the agencies deem proper in this particular incident.

Meanwhile, Mayor Climaco expressed gratitude to all those who responded to the incident that included the BFP, police, military, Red Cross, civic groups and other agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias