Fire hits oil mill in Alaminos, Laguna, now fire out after 3 days
Fire hits oil mill in Alaminos, Laguna, now fire out after 3 days
Fire hits oil mill in Alaminos, Laguna, now fire out after 3 days
by Mary Antalan17 January 2024

The fire that hit an oil mill in Alaminos, Laguna, is now finally declared out after three days, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said on Wednesday, January 17.

It was past seven in the morning today, January 17, when the fire was declared out.

It can be remembered that the fire started at the Francis and Son Oil Mill in Barangay San Benito at 2:20 AM on January 14, 2024.

According to the Alaminos fire station, the fire was declared under control on Tuesday at half past four in the afternoon.

In DZRH's Damdaming Bayan exclusive interview with Alaminos Fire Station Superintendent Fernan Gil Cagampan on Tuesday, he said the fire consumed the entire establishment.

Although the cause of the fire has not yet been confirmed and is still under investigation, it is suspected that it started in the oil expeller of the facility where copra is pressed to extract the oil.

"Ang aming mga nakukuhang statement, pinapa affidavit pa po namin sila, iisang lugar lang po ang tinutukoy nila. Yung oil expeller na tinatawag. Pinipiga po yung copras para maging oi," Cagampan said.

Meanwhile, it is estimated that up to 1000 tons of copra were burned, while the total amount of fire damage has not yet been determined.

Cagampan said he is grateful because there are no nearby residential areas, and the oil mill is also surrounded by a firewall.

"Pasalamat rin po kami na wala pong residential areas na malapit or isang delikadong lugar na nagkalat sa establishment ng apoy," the fire marshal said.

Also, tghere were no recorded casualties on the part of the oil mill personnel or the firefighters who responded to the fire.

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