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LPG terminal in Batangas on fire, general alarm declared

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna, Feb. 21 — The Phoenix Petro Terminal at Salong Village, Calaca, Batangas has been on fire for more than 18 hours already since fire started at 4:21 p.m. Saturday.

Fred Bragas, regional information officer, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) – Calabarazon, in a phone interview Sunday morning, said that a general alarm has been declared in the area and a total of 559 individuals had been evacuated to Calaca Central School for temporary shelter as a precautionary measure in case of gas explosion.

Bragas said two persons were reported injured and undergoing treatment at the Calaca General Hospital.

He added that personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) in Batangas and nearby provinces are still fighting with the fire with special chemicals because of the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the terminal that needs special skills and special equipment to contain.

Meanwhile, food packs are distributed to the evacuees from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Batangas province, Bragas said.

BFP personnel are still investigating the cause of the fire at the gas depot. (PNA)

LGI/ZAT/ROBERT MAICO/PJN

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