Fire destroys 100 vehicles at impounding area

Posted at 03/21/2014 12:30 PM | Updated as of 03/21/2014 12:30 PM

MANILA – Fire razed about 100 vehicles at an impounding area along Buendia Avenue, Pasay City Friday morning.

The fire at Southern Crescent Towing Services lasted for about an hour and was declared out at 6 a.m.

Arturo Habulan, caretaker of the impounding area, said most of the vehicles that were razed in the fire were never claimed by their respective owners. He said the impounding firm ceased its operations in 2012.

Most of the vehicles razed were passenger jeepneys, cabs, and AUVs (Asian Utility Vehicles).

Habulan said the firm had been given a notice last October 2013 to vacate the lot, but the company's owner, Wilfredo Baltazar, refused to follow the eviction order.

Habulan said Baltazar was last seen in the impounding area on January 6, 2014, getting some spare parts from the vehicles.

He said the firm owes P1 million in rent to the Philippine National Construction Corporation.

Pasay City arson investigator Mark Lanusga said Baltazar and Habulan will be questioned regarding the fire incident.

Investigators have yet to determine whether the fire was deliberately started or was triggered by the burning of a pile of garbage. – report from Dexter Ganibe, dzMM