A fourth-alarm fire engulfed the Puregold supermarket (formerly BudgetLane) along Circumferential Road, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Wednesday, August 25.
Antipolo City fire marshal Gilbert Valdez said the fire started at the second floor of the building at 4 a.m. and quickly spread across the structure which straddled both the Circumferential Road and the Antipolo-Teresa Road.
Fire fighters responded to the alarms and quickly arrived to control the blaze but smoke was still thick as of 6 a.m.
The fire consumed around 70 percent of the establishment and triggered four alarms before it was placed under control at just past 8 a.m. Under control means there is decreased fire risk according to the Bureau of Fire Protection.
BFP Antipolo declared “Fire out” at 11:34 a.m. Fire out means the fire has been completely neutralized.
Authorities estimate the fire caused P35 million worth of damages.
The BFP continued its investigation even as it reported that there were no injuries or casualties.
The supermarket was formerly a branch of the eight-store chain BudgetLane which was acquired by Lucio Co-owned supermarket chain Puregold Price Club Incorporated in 2015.
According to the BFP a fourth alarm fire involves eight to nine houses or a high rise with about 16 fire trucks responding.