3 dead and 65 missing after a fire consumed a slipper factory in
Barangay Ugong in Valenzuela City.
Most of those missing are workers of the factory believed to have
been trapped inside.
Valenzuela Bureau of Fire Protection Unit declared that the fire was
under control at exactly 4:11 pm.
The Valenzuela City Mayor, Rex Gatchalian, confirmed that 3 person
died and 65 person is missing.
The Bureau of fire protection believed that all of the people
inside the factory did not survive.
The Mayor is optimistic and praying that there will be survivors.
The fire reached task force charlie. Task Force Charlie is a fire
alert level requiring the presence of the Deputy Regional Director
having jurisdiction of the fire area. This simply means that the
fire is huge.
The Firemen had difficulty extinguishing the fire caused by thick
smoke. The Chemicals used in the slipper factory is the reason
behind the thick smoke.
Witnesses narrated that they were astounded by a loud sound caused
by an explosion in the gate of the factory. A very thick smoke was
seen following the explosion.
According to one of the factory owner, Beato Ang, approximately 40 to
50 employees were inside the 2 story factory building when the fire
Beato Ang explained that there was flammable material inside the
factory which were not covered. Workers was doing a welding job
when the flammables exploded. It was not clear though if the fire
was caused by a spark or otherwise.
The welders survived. They were able to run when the flammable
The explosion happened in the main gate very near the staircase
where the 3 person died.
According to the survivors, many are trapped inside the second floor
of the factory building.
Most of those who survived are those who are working in the ground
Noon time, one of the relatives of those trapped received a text
message that persons are still alive and trapped inside. The
truthfulness of the text message was not verified.
One of the volunteer fireman suffocated because of the thick smoke.
The fireman said he was not suffocated by the thick smoke but because
of the smell of the chemicals burning.
Seven hours passed and the fire is not yet declared fire out.
Tents were erected by the local government to shelter the relatives
of those trapped inside the factory while waiting for news of their
Deep investigation will be conducted as to the cause of the fire,
the Mayor said.