Probe to determine the cause of fire inside Army camp ongoing
ZAMBOANGA SIBUGAY, Philippines
The Board of Investigation is set to release on July 17 the result of its investigation of a fire that hit the ammunition and ordnance depot of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division at Camp Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro on Monday midnight, July 11.
Initial report, according to Lt. Col. Vladimir Sta. Maria, commanding officer of the Forward Service Support Unit of the Army’s 4th ID, the doors of the ammunition depot were still locked and intact.
“There was no sign of forced entry,” Sta. Maria said during the press briefing on Tuesday.
Responding personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and volunteer fire teams from different private groups managed to put off the fire before dawn Tuesday.
Major Gen. Wilbur Mamawag, commander of the Army’s 4th ID, the investigation is ongoing on what caused the fire that razed the facility inside Camp Evangelista. The 4th ID’s headquarters is located inside Camp Evangelista in Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.
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Balls of fire in the air were seen and loud explosions were heard as the fire destroyed the building where ammunition of assorted calibers, mortar rounds, rifle grenades and other military ordnance were kept.
Fire investigators placed the damage at P27 million. The fire had also displaced some 61 families.
No one was reported killed or injured in the incident. (Antonio Manaytay and John Unson)