Fire hits cargo vessel near Delpan Bridge in Manila; 6 hurt, 2 missing

Published June 12, 2021, 9:39 AM

by Andrea Aro

At least six people were injured when a cargo vessel caught fire near Delpan Bridge in Tondo, Manila on Saturday morning (June 12).

(Photo courtesy of Manila DRRM Office / MANILA BULLETIN)

The cargo vessel, MV Titan 8, was docked at the wharf for refueling in preparation for its travel to Palawan when a loud explosion occurred, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Four of the injured victims were crew members of MV Titan 8 while the two others were helpers of the nearby MV Princess Christine. They were rushed to the Mother and Child Hospital in Binondo, Manila.

Two more crew members of the cargo vessel were still missing as of 11:30 a.m., the PCG reported.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), however, reported that only three persons were injured during the blaze.

Several houses near the area were also affected by the fire when some drums filled with gasoline drifted from the cargo vessel.

The fire started at 8:46 a.m. and reached the 2nd alarm at 8:52 a.m.

The blaze escalated to the 3rd alarm at 9:10 a.m. and reached the 4th alarm at 12:35 p.m.

The fire reached the fifth alarm at 12:43 p.m. and was declared under control at 1:54 p.m.

The six-hour fire was extinguished at 2:57 p.m.

An investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.