MANILA, Philippines — Authorities continue to search for the 36 individuals who died in a fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall in Davao City over the weekend.
On Sunday, firemen found the remains of 32-year old Jeffrey Sismar, one of the 37 employees of the SSI call center firm who have been trapped on the fourth floor of the mall while the fire was raging.
Meanwhile, the families of the victims are still waiting at the holding area near the authorities to immediately gather information about their loved ones trapped inside the mall.
One of them is Lilia Chan Balino, who waited the whole day to get information about her missing niece, Nancy Loyd Abad, one of the employees of the call center firm.
“Married siya yung asawa niya tinatawagan niya nag ring raw ang phone isang beses pero yun lang,” said Balino.
(She is married. Her husband had been calling her. Her phone had rung only once and that was it.)
Based on the initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire broke out on the third floor or the furniture section of the mall at past 3 in the afternoon last Saturday, which immediately eventually reached general alarm.
“When this happened, we were there. When we opened the door, there was smoke. We can no longer see anything. That’s why we closed the door anew. We attempted to exit at the employees entrance. There’s where several people exited. Halfway through the office, we realized that we can no longer pass through. That’s why we returned inside. Then someone gave us instruction to use a wet handkerchief to cover our nose and mouth to prevent suffocation. That’s why we keep on returning to the CR to keep our handkerchiefs wet,” said Jaz Careyas, a survivor SSI agent.
The employees of a call center firm on the fourth floor were not able to make it out.
For now, the BFP continues to investigate the cause of the fire and the number of damages to properties. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
Fire engulfs the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro
Fire engulfing the 200-year old national museum in Rio De Janeiro | Reuters
A fire hit the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday (September 2) afternoon.
Videos uploaded to social media showed the blaze consuming the building.
Local media reported that firefighters are at the place trying to control the blaze and the causes of the fire are yet to be determined. — Reuters
Stranded passengers depart after bird strike in Davao airport
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Following the unexpected bird strike on Wednesday (August 29), all 183 passengers of Philippine Airlines Flight PR 814 departed the Davao City Airport in the morning of Thursday (August 30).
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) in Davao said they were properly assisted for flight rebooking and transfer.
Meanwhile, the damaged aircraft will undergo repair, according to CAAP Davao Manager Agnes Undang.
“Nagpadala ang PAL galing Manila ng mag-check at mag-repair. Iyong mga pasahero nakalipad na. Iyong ibang nagmamadali pinasakay sa Cebu Pacific. Ang mga naiwan ini-accommodate sa next flight,” she explained.
Meanwhile, the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) explained that a bird strike is common during take-off and landing phases but there is no reason to panic unless it is a swarm of birds because an aircraft is capable of flying with only one engine working.
At Davao City Airport, the situation remains normal despite the incident.
“Kung makikita ninyo sa flight monitor natin wala namang mga delayed so naging normal naman ang flight operations natin so business as usual,” said PCI Ronnel Tesorero, Chief of Davao Airport Police.
Though it will undergo repair, airport authorities couldn’t tell yet as to when will the damaged aircraft fly back to Manila. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Dianne Ventura)
Warehouse fire lights up Melbourne morning sky
Aerial shot of fireball from a Melbourne warehouse fire | REUTERS
A fire in an industrial warehouse lit up the Melbourne sky on Wednesday morning (August 30) with thick smoke billowing across the city skyline, forcing residents to seek shelter and schools to shut, according to Australian media.
Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) said the fire began around 5 am local time (1900 GMT), with more than 100 fire-fighters battling the blaze, according to the Nine Network. MFB Acting Deputy Chief Officer Ken Brown said that the warehouse contained acetone and oxyacetylene, which energized the fire.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that several schools in the proximity of the smoke were closed, while planes were diverted from the area.
The fire is expected to burn for several hours. — Reuters