MANILA - At least 10 people are in critical condition while dozens are injured after a factory at the Cavite Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) compound caught fire Wednesday night, authorities said.
Some victims suffered burns in 70 to 90 percent of their bodies in the fire that razed a building of the House Technology Industries (HTI), a Japanese-owned factory at the EPZA compound.
Governor Boying Remulla said those in critical condition are being treated in Divine Grace Hospital and General Trias Hospital and will be transferred to the Philippine General Hospital.
The Office of the Governor have also coordinated with the Philippine Red Cross in case their service will be needed.
Fire at the HTI Panel building has yet to be extinguished as of writing, and is expected to be declared fire out only later in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, Brig. Gen. Charito Plaza, director-general of Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), said around 6,000 to 7,000 employees were at work when the fire broke out.
Plaza said there were employees reportedly trapped on the third floor of the 6-hectare building, as fire broke out on the second floor.
Third alarm was immediately raised and the alert level reached Task Force Charlie around 9 p.m. The blaze spread to a nearby factory that contained wood used to build houses.
- With reports from Ron Lopez, DZMM