Two policemen were killed while two others were injured in a fire that razed a compound occupied by elite Special Action Forces (SAF) personnel inside the Philippine National Police (PNP) national headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City before dawn Friday.
The fatalities were identified as Police Staff Sgt. Nichol Jamosjos, a SAF trooper; and Police Master Sgt. Amado Ormillon Jr., a responding base fire personnel.
Police Capt. Victorioso Yulde, of PNP-SAF; and Police Staff Sgt. Jesus Apil, of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DPRM), were injured and are now in stable condition at the PNP General Hospital (PNPGH) in Camp Crame.
The fire broke out at the motor pool of the PNP-SAF at the Transportation and Maintenance Division facility of the Logistics Support Services (TMD-LSS) around 2 a.m.
Police Lt. Col. Daniel Vinluan, deputy chief of the TMD-LSS, said he was roused from sleep by a loud explosion near the gate of the compound and immediately went out to check and saw a burning SAF V150 armored truck that was parked on the vehicle shed.
Vinluan ordered his colleagues to call for a fire truck while the others used a fire extinguisher to suppress the fire.
Jamosjos and Yulde, both on-duty crew of the burned V150 armored vehicle, and Apil were suffocated while they were at the barracks and were rushed to the PNPGH.
Yulde and Apil survived the ordeal but Jamosjos was electrocuted and declared dead on arrival at the PNPGH.
While responding base fire personnel were putting out the fire, Ormillon was electrocuted by a live wire and hit his head on a steel bunker.
Ormillon was taken to the PNPGH where he was declared dead on arrival.
The fire was put out at 3:06 a.m.
Fire investigators have conducted a follow up investigation to determine the cause of the fire and the extent of damage it caused.
PNP chief Police Gen. Debold Sinas directed Police Brig. Gen. Arthur Bisnar, director of the Headquarters Support Service (PNP-HSS), to conduct a rigid periodic safety inspection of the facilities and buildings in Camp Crame, especially the old structures that are made of light and combustible materials which may be considered fire hazard.