AT least 21 employees of a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) refilling station were seriously injured in an explosion that also razed a gasoline station and a furniture shop in Pasig City early yesterday morning due to gas leak, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said.
A report submitted to BFP-National Capital Region chief Senior Supt. Wilberto Rico Neil Kwan Tiu by Pasig City fire marshal Supt. Arturo Marcos identified the victims as Efipano Ausa, 50, Adonis Munoz, 22, Jayro Soriano, 22, Jectopher Cawili, 21, Romeo Eugenio, 28, Camilo Alcaraz Jr., 18, Alejandro Conrad, 42, Raymundo Saturnino, 20, Jayson Dagaw, 25, Philip Villota, 28, Domingo Guira, 29, Jeffrey Eugenio, 35, Raymart Eda, 22, Joel Eda, 28, Ramil Reden, 21, Arvin Bautista, 20, Jeter Brillantes, 25, Noriel Salamio, 22, Bryan Ludrico, 20, William Khey, 30, and Genie Cognito, 39.
Most of the victims suffering from second to third degree burns were first taken to Rizal Medical Center (RMC) but later transferred to ARMMC, Pasig City General Hospital, Medical City, East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) and St. Luke’s Fort Hospital.
Senior Insp. Anthony Arroyo, Pasig Fire Investigation chief, said the explosion happened at the Regasco LPG refilling station of Omni Gas Corporation on A. Sandoval Ave., Bgy. San Miguel, at 1:08 a.m. The explosion caused fire that razed the adjoining Flying V gasoline station and FCS Furniture and Garment.
Prior to the explosion, Flying V manager Marvin Magandia told BFP that he was awakened by an unusual LPG odor so he immediately went outside and noticed a thick smoke coming from the warehouse of Omni gas refilling station. A loud explosion was heard later followed by a fire.
Arroyo said the employees of the refilling station tried to contain the fire themselves but it quickly spread to the whole area. The fire which reached third alarm was put under control at 3:10 a.m.
The BFP estimated the damage to property at P20 million.
Meanwhile, Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael “Mike” D. Sueno directed the BFP to conduct a thorough probe into the explosion and fire that hit the Omni LPG refilling station in Bgy. San Miguel, Pasig City, yesterday morning.
“I am truly saddened by the unfortunate incident. The BFP must do a scrupulous investigation on the cause of the fire and make whoever are accountable answer for the injured victims and damaged properties,” said Sueno.