Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay has commended the city’s fire bureau for its immediate response to control the fire that broke out at the penthouse of a high-rise building in the Central Business District Tuesday afternoon.
No one was reported hurt in the fire that broke out at the 14-story LPA Building along L.P. Leviste Street in Salcedo Village.
The responding firemen led by Bureau of Fire Protection Supt. Flor-lan Guerrero received the emergency alarm around 2:52 p.m. and put the fire out after an hour.
Binay said the immediate and strategic action of Guerrero and his men effectively contained the blaze and prevented it from spreading to the rest of the building and adjacent structures in the area.
“We are thankful to our brave and smart firefighters who succeeded in putting out the fire at the top floor and sparing the lives and properties of the building occupants and neighboring structures. Once again, they have done justice to the substantial investments of the city in modernizing their equipment,” she said.
Initial reports showed that the fire destroyed P1 million worth of property.
A total of 14 firefighting vehicles responded at the scene. Those include vehicles donated by the city government two years ago, such as a chemical fire truck and several penetrator fire trucks.
The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office also deployed two basic life support ambulances to the scene.
The local government beefed up the resources of the Makati Fire Department through providing modern equipment, including a mobile command vehicle, one chemical fire truck, and two rescue boats with fire pump, among others.
Binay emphasized the importance of strong local government support in the protective sector to maintain peace and order and boost socio-economic progress.