CALACA, Batangas: This town was placed under a state of emergency on Sunday afternoon because of a fire at a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage facility that is yet to be put out completely as of press time.
The fire broke out on Saturday afternoon at an LPG storage facility of South Pacific Inc. located inside the Phoenix Petroterminals and Industrial Park in Barangay Salong. The depot is reportedly registered to Rep. Arnel Ty of LPG Marketers’ Association party-list.
South Pacific is a new firm that imports LPG and operates a 6,000-metric ton storage facility on a four-hectare leased property within the industrial park.
The fire was raised to the general alarm, the highest level for a fire, after is started at about 4 pm on Saturday, but weakened by Sunday afternoon after more than 60 fire trucks took part in attempts to put out the raging flames.
Chief Inspector Telesforo Domingo 3rd, chief of the Calaca police force, said 47 fire trucks from the Bureau of Fire Protection and another 14 from volunteer fire brigades took part in the fire extinguishing operations.
At the height of the fire, huge flames and smoke plumes were seen from Balayan, the town next to Calaca also located in Batangas province.
According to reports from the Office of Civil Defense, about 115 families living around the area from Barangays Salong and Camastilisan were evacuated to four public schools, namely Calaca Central School, Camastilisan Elementary School, Dacanlao Elementary School and Puting Bato West Elementary School.
Two persons were hurt from the fire and brought to a hospital nearby.
The local government already set up a command post together with the Philippine Red Cross to attend to those affected by the fire and to coordinate rescue efforts.
The amount of damage from the fire cannot be estimated yet by the authorities.