Probers looking at gas leak as most likely cause of Serendra explosion

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A leak in the gas line looms as the most likely cause of the powerful explosion at the Two Serendra condominium in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig that killed three persons and injured four others on Friday.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said Monday said because investigators have not found any indication that the blast was caused by a bomb or an improvised explosive device, chances are increasing that it may have been caused by a gas leak or chemical ignition.”

“This is not conclusive but we could say the probability of a bomb is getting remote because, one, no triggering device was found, and, two, our dogs were negative,” Roxas said.

He, however, said investigators have not made any firm conclusions yet on what caused the blast.


Roxas asked the public not to compare the Serendra blast with the October 2007 blast at Glorietta 2 mall in Makati’s Central Business District that killed 11 people.

The owner of Two Serendra’s unit 501 where the blast occurred extended her sympathies to the victims of the explosion.

“On behalf of the Cayton family, we would like to express our deepest sympathy to the families of the victims of this tragedy. We are equally devastated by the damage that this has caused us,” Marianne Cayton Castillo said in a statement.

Cayton, who is now based in California, said the unit was purchased through their hard-earned money.

She said her family is committed to cooperating fully with the authorities.

NEIL A. ALCOBER

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