• 100 impounded vehicles gutted

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    AT least 100 impounded motor vehicles were destroyed when a fire struck a private towing company in Pasay City.

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    Pasay City Fire Marshal Insp. Douglas Guiyab said the fire started at 5 a.m. inside the Southern Crescent Towing Services along Buendia Avenue and Diokno Street in Pasay City.

    He said the impounding area is allegedly owned by certain Wilfredo Baltazar and is used to hold vehicles towed for illegal parking.

    Guiyab said the fire gutted several impounded motor vehicles such as trucks, sports utility vehicles (SUVs) pick up, cars, jeepneys and taxicabs before it was contained at 6:20 a.m.

    Arturo Habulan, the company caretaker, said that most of the vehicles destroyed were never claimed by their respective owners since the company ceased operations last 2012.

    Arson investigator Mark Lanusga learned that the company was given an eviction notice on October last year but Baltazar refused to sign and follow the eviction order.

    Habulan told arson investigator that the company owes P1 million in rent to the Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) since August last year.

    He said the last time he saw Baltazar was on  January 6, 2014 while getting some spare parts from the impounded vehicles.

    The Pasay City Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is still looking into the cause of fire.

    Probers will question Baltazar and Habulan to determine if the fire was deliberate or triggered by the burning of garbage.

    Guiyab said no one was reported hurt or killed and the amount of damage is yet to be determined.

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