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Fire razes Valenzuela textile factory

Ramil Bajo, Rey Galupo - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines - A man died of a heart atttack when a fire broke out at a textile warehouse in Valenzuela City yesterday, two months after a blaze razed the Kentex slipper factory that killed at least 74 workers.

The fire struck Larry’s Curtain warehouse along Cabanatuan street in Barangay Ugong at 11:45 a.m., city public information officer Rhay Sousa said.

No workers were trapped in the burning warehouse. But Nestor Crisostomo, 45, reportedly panicked at the height of the fire and suffered a heart attack.

The city’s rescue team rushed Crisostomo to the Valenzuela Medical Center but he was declared dead on arrival.

The fire reached Task Force Bravo at 12:37 p.m. More than 10 fire trucks responded to contain the blaze.

It was declared under control at 2:55 p.m.

Arson probers said the fire was caused by a spark from welding work in the factory.

Mayor Rex Gatchalian said Henry Ong, owner of the textile factory, failed to secure a permit from the Bureau of Fire Protection.

“Apparently, the owners of factories in Valenzuela did not learn a lesson from the Kentex tragedy,” Gatchalian said.

BARANGAY UGONG BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION BUT NESTOR CRISOSTOMO FIRE HENRY ONG KENTEX MAYOR REX GATCHALIAN RHAY SOUSA TASK FORCE BRAVO VALENZUELA CITY VALENZUELA MEDICAL CENTER
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