MANILA, Philippines - Fire razed the public market in Hagonoy, Bulacan Wednesday night, destroying an estimated P15 million-P20 million worth of property and affecting the livelihoods of 300 market vendors.
Fire officials said the fire started at 7:30 p.m. and quickly razed a large portion of the market. It also destroyed 5 houses near the market.
Fire Superintendent Absalon Sipadan, chief of the Hagonoy fire department, said the fire had reached the second alarm by 8 p.m. after local firemen could not contain the blaze. He said the local fire department has only 2 fire trucks, both of which are already old.
He said fire trucks from neighboring towns arrived to help put out the fire.
Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado said the public market has been in place for the past 25 years.
Firefighters have yet to determine what started the fire.