Fire hits Cabanatuan City market amid COVID-19 lockdown

CABANATUAN CITY – Amid a city-wide lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a huge fire of still undetermined origin hit the city’s public market at dawn here on Wednesday.

Razed was the entire second floor of the two-story government-owned edifice where over 100 different stalls consisting of eateries, parlors, food marts, and dry goods shops were situated.

No one was hurt in the hour-long blaze which started at 4 a.m. and was declared fire out at 5 a.m., said city fire marshal Chief Insp. Augusto Yalung.

The fire reached the third alarm wherein at least nine fire trucks were deployed by the various stations from Palayan City, and the towns of Sta. Rosa, Aliaga, Talavera, and San Leonardo, including four trucks from the Bureau of Fire Protection-Cabanatuan City and four water tank vehicles from the city government.

Yalung said the entire public market would remain closed pending the release of the results of their investigation.

He said the cause of the blaze is still being investigated.

The gutted market is situated in Bgy. City Supermarket bounded by four streets, namely Burgos, Sanciangco, Melencio and Paco Roman Streets.

It was learned that the city engineering office, the city disaster risk reduction management office will undertake a study of the effects of the fire to the structural integrity of the said market building.