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Fire destroys lechon store in Quezon City


Fire of yet undetermined origin hit a lechon store in Quezon City on Wednesday night. 

Victoria Tulad on "Unang Balita" reported Thursday morning that the fire that reached the second alarm gutted the fourth floor of the Elar's Lechon house along Quezon Avenue at about 10 p.m.

Nelson De Leon, an employee of the establishment, said that he was on the first floor when the security guard alerted him of the fire, prompting him to call for assistance from the barangay.

"Kinabahan na po kami dahil parang palaki nang palaki yung sunog eh. Edi nakagulo na po kami, pinatay po namin yung mga switch doon sa gasul, tapos sa likod [tiningnan] namin yung mga ibang kuryente po," De Leon said. 

Bureau of Fire Protection personnel said that they did not have difficulty in extinguishing the fire, with the help of fire volunteers.

A fire out was declared at 11:26 p.m.

San Antonio Fire sub-station commander Senior Inspector Joseph Del Mundo said that the fire was confined on the storage room of the lechon store located at the fourth level of the building.

"Yung mga gamit po dun, nasunog po lahat," Del Mundo said, adding, "Ang kagandahan lang, na-confine lang po sa isang kuwarto ang sunog."

Meanwhile, Elar's Lechon head for operations Michelle Basilio assured their patrons that operations would not be interrupted for holiday season.

"We would just like to assure our clients na everything's okay. Don't worry about your orders for tomorrow, everything's in order. Tuloy pa rin naman since hindi naman dito yung roasting area namin," Basilio said.

An investigation is still ongoing as to the cause of the fire that destroyed an estimated P30,000 in damage to property.

Authorities of BFP also reminded the public to make sure that their electrical wiring is checked and reminded them to avoid leaving plugged electrical appliances unattended. —Marlly Rome Bondoc/LBG, GMA News

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