Fire hits Trinoma Mall in Quezon City

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 13 2017 03:02 PM | Updated as of Mar 13 2017 08:03 PM

Fire out declared after around 4 hours

MANILA (4th UPDATE) - A fire broke out in Trinoma Mall in Quezon City on Monday afternoon.

The fire was first reported at around 2:25 p.m. and was raised to 2nd alarm as of 2:34 pm, according to an update by TxtFire Philippines.

FO1 Joan De Luna of the Tandang Sora fire substation said the fire reportedly started at an appliance warehouse near an MRT station.

She said the fire was still under investigation and around 20 fire trucks had been sent to respond.

In a statement, Trinoma management said it received a report of the fire incident at 2:27 pm. 

The management added that the Landmark Department Store (new wing) and Trinoma's North Avenue wing have been evacuated.

The Bureau of Fire Protection in Quezon City declared fire out at 6:33 p.m.

QCBFP Fire Marshall Senior Superintendent Manuel Manuel said they were able to save Anthony Molina, an aircon technician, who was trapped inside the building. 

Four others, including two firemen and two fire volunteers, were given first aid due to difficulty in breathing.

Manuel said they have yet to identify the cause of the fire, and the amount of damage it caused.

Photos show smoke coming out of shopping center. 

Photo courtesy of Bayan Patroller Gio Esta

Photo courtesy of Grez Claveria

Photo courtesy of JP Vicedo

Photo by Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News

Photo by Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News

Photo courtesy of Conrad Reyes

Photo by Dennis Datu, ABS-CBN News

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Firefighters were also seen using breathing apparatus due to the thick smoke in the area.

MRT-3 management said train operations were not affected by the fire.

However, an eyewitness said MRT passengers were not allowed to enter the passageway from MRT to Trinoma.

Conrad Reyes told ABS-CBN News that train passengers were being diverted to the walkway along EDSA-North Avenue unloading area.