Injuries reported, as fire hits MRT-3 train in Makati


Posted at Oct 09 2021 10:51 PM | Updated as of Oct 10 2021 02:07 PM

MANILA (4th UPDATE) - Eight persons were injured when fire hit an MRT-3 train near the Guadalupe Station on Saturday night.

Four men and four women sustained minor bruises on their arms and legs after jumping off the trains, the MRT-3 management said in a statement Sunday.

"We extend our deepest apologies to all our passengers who were affected by the incident, and that we are examining all possible angles to accurately determine its cause," it said.

"We assure the public that we will take all the necessary countermeasures to prevent a repeat of this incident."

Initially, only four injured individuals were reported, sustaining minor wounds after jumping off the train to the mainline tracks to avoid the fire.

The Makati City Bureau of Fire Protection said the fire took place at 9:29 p.m. and was declared out by 9:56 p.m.

The blaze began in the third wagon of the MRT-3, it said.

At 9:42 p.m., mainline technicians were "able to uncouple the two other cars from the defective car," the MRT-3 management said.

As of posting time, provisional services were implemented from MRT-3 North Avenue to the Shaw Boulevard stations.

MRT management said it was investigating what caused the fire. 

Train services on Sunday resumed its full operation.

— With reports from Jeffrey Hernaez, Jacque Manabat and Jekki Pascual, ABS-CBN News

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