Calaca LPG facility fire ‘under control’

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CALACA, Batangas: The fire that razed the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) depot at Phoenix Petrochemicals and Industrial Park in this town continue to rage on Monday even as fire authorities have declared it under control.

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Calaca Police head, Chief Insp. Telesforo Domingo 3rd said that about 1,126 individuals, or 296 families, have been evacuated to safe ground as Calaca remains in the state of emergency.

Residents in the area and nearby villages expressed alarm over the explosions from the depot and fear of massive respiratory and other diseases to afflict them brought about by fumes from the burning LPG depository.

Meanwhile, South Pacific Inc., that owns the LPG facility issued a statement on Monday assuring its safety after engulfed by a fire on Saturday.

“The tanks were built based on US engineering and safety designs. They are set in sand and enclosed in a concrete barrier. The tanks did not fail or burn,” South Pacific Inc., spokesperson Engineer Ronie Badidles said.

However, he said the flare headers are still burning off the gas until it runs empty. He also clarified that the explosions heard were due to the initial pressure of relief valve discharges.

South Pacific said the fire marshals allowed the leftover gas in its tanks to burn, which are safety devices in the tanks that burn the gas in a controlled manner.

The company also bared there were no fatalities, but two employees who attempted to put out the fire were hurt. The storage tanks were also damaged by the fire.

Meanwhile the Department of Energy (DOE) said that the fire is still under investigation, assuring the public it will provide an update after obtaining the details of its investigation.

WITH REPORT FROM PNA

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