By Jonathan Hicap
A fire hit a paper craft factory inside a New Bilibid Prison (NBP) security camp in Muntinlupa early Wednesday morning.
According to the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor), the fire broke out at about 2:50AM at the upper rear portion of the Samsung factory located inside NBP’s Medium Security Camp.
BuCor Corrections Senior Insp. Adriano Reyes immediately called the BuCor Operations Center for the Bureau of Fire Protection to respond to the situation.
Samsung has an existing contract with BuCor since 1990 wherein prisoners are employed to create and design decorative paper crafts for local and export trade.
At 3AM, the BuCor shut down the electrical lines at the facility and by 3:20AM BFP fire trucks arrived.
The fire reached fourth alarm at 3:34AM before it was put under control at about 6:52AM and a “fire out” was declared at 8:40AM.
A BuCor official, according to the Muntinlupa City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, suspects that the fire started from the facility’s electrical wiring as circuit breakers were not turned off.
BuCor conducted a headcount of all prisoners at 6AM and declared that all 5,820 inmates were accounted for. Estimated cost of damage to the property is still being determined.