By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Fire razed the factory of a Filipino-Chinese firm producing Sando bags for exports inside the Area of Freeport Authority of Bataan (AFAB) in this town on Wednesday afternoon, leaving an estimated damage of more than P100 million.
Rolando Uy, Filpak Industries plant manager, said he was told that the fire in their factory building might have been caused by baby rockets or “kuwitis” that exploded in their printing section which contained highly-flammable chemicals.
“Somebody told me that there were baby rockets exploding before the fire incident took place,” Uy said. He said there was no one inside the factory because workers were supposed to return next Monday yet.
Uy estimated the damage to their firm at more than P100 million. He said that their machines alone used in producing Sando bags for export to the United States cost more than P1 million each.
The Filipino-Chinese firm has been with the Bataan Economic Zone, recently turned into the AFAB, since 1978. Its 80 workers have been on vacation since Holy Tuesday for alleged lack of materials.
Senior Fire Officer 1 Romeo Abergas, Mariveles Bureau of Fire Protection chief, said that when they arrived in the area at 3:30 p.m., the fire was already big and raging. Seven fire trucks from Mariveles, BEZ, Limay and Balanga responded, placing the fire under control at 6:30 p.m.
Abergas said one was hurt in the incident. As to the cause of the fire, the fire chief said they are still in the process of investigation.