SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union: About 300 tons of dried tobacco leaves went up in smoke when a fire razed a warehouse in Barangay Biday, San Fernando City on Sunday.
Fire Officer Majerle Zuniga, City Bureau of Fire Protection chief of operations, said businessman Juan Go owns the warehouse, which is rented by Carlos Tam.
Tam, who used the warehouse to stock dried tobacco leaves, declined to issue a statement to the media.
City Senior Fire Officer 1 Adonis Alambra said they are waiting for a statement or affidavit from Tam or Go, in order to do a complete assessment of the damage to the building and its contents.
He added that they are unable to disclose the origin of the fire as investigation is still ongoing.
However, an official of the Bureau of Fire Protection, who asked not to be named, said the estimate cost of damage is about P65 million.