Raging fire consumed part of Star City, in Pasay, earlier this morning at around 12:34 a.m., TXTFIRE Philippines reported.
The amusement park, next to the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), is a favorite family destination in Manila, especially at Christmastime.
Pasay City fire marshal Paul Pili believes that the fire first broke out in the stockroom packed with stuffed toys and assorted prizes. Two hours later, the incident was raised to Task Force Bravo, with about 19 fire trucks deployed to the area, the superintendent adds.
Pili also said that by 3:05 p.m., about 60 percent of the infrastructure within the amusement park has been razed.
Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, Sen. Richard Gordon, have dispatched 2 fire trucks and 2 ambulances in the area.
FIRE ALERT! Our firefighters are on the ground to help extinguish the fire that broke out at STAR CITY at around 12:26AM. We deployed 2 fire trucks. We also dipatched 2 ambulances to provide first aid. As of 1:02AM, fire status was raised to 5th alarm. Keep safe everyone! pic.twitter.com/aR0ABTmFRe
— Richard J. Gordon (@DickGordonDG) October 1, 2019
The blaze also affected the office of radio and television network Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC).
At 4:34 a.m., the fire incident was declared under control.
Star City spokesperson Rudolph Jularbar explained that the compound might only reopen in October 2020.
Photoscourtesy of FEPAG and Alexander Paulen, Central Downtown fire volunteer.