TWO months after the entire Caloocan police were sacked, a fire of still undetermined origin gutted
the police main headquarters, forcing law enforcers to evacuate dozens of detainees before dawn
yesterday in Caloocan City.
Caloocan Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) arson investigator FO1 Zoren Cabagay said that before
the fire broke out at around 4:20 a.m., a series of explosions were heard on the ceiling at the middle
portion of the building that houses the offices of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO), Northern
Media Group and Finance Department..
The fire quickly spread to adjacent offices of the Police Community Relations, Tactical
Operation Center, Admin Office, Station Investigation, Logistic Section and the office of the Camanava
Press Corps, forcing the BFP to raise the fire to 4th alarm.
Caloocan police chief Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo immediately ordered the evacuation of the
male and female detainees under tight security at the nearby firing range.
The blaze also destroyed dozens of motorcycles parked beside the headquarters while a rookie
policeman failed to salvage the P300,000 cash he loaned from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund.
Fire volunteer Rudivier Ignacio, 31, of Caloocan Fire Brigade, suffered lacerations when glass
splinters hit his arms. He was taken to Caloocan City Medical Center.
Modequillo said that even the piles of cases handled by their investigators were destroyed by
fire, extra copies of these cases, including suspected extra judicial killings and deaths under
inquiry were submitted to the Northern Police District (NPD) headquarters.
The fire was put under control at 5:30 a.m. and was declared fire out by 6:03 a.m. The BFP
placed the structural damage to P1 million while the cost of damages of PNP properties and personal
belongings of policemen, civilian employees and private individuals, including reporters, are yet to
be determined. With Sundy Mae M. Locus (OJT)