P833-M damage estimated in Antique mall fire

Published June 20, 2021, 3:25 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The Gaisano Grand Mall in Antique sustained an estimated P833 million in damage in last week’s fire.

“This is only an estimate by our investigator,” said Supt. Randy Pudadera, chief of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Antique.

The estimated damage covers the 57 tenants of the two-story mall in San Jose de Buenavista, the provincial capital of Antique.

“This includes the grocery store, the department store, a jewelry store, a shoe store, boutique stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and others,” Pudadera said Sunday, June 20.

Pudadera added there is also damage to properties outside the vicinity of the mall.

The fire that started past 5 p.m. last June 17 was totally put out at past 12 noon last June 19.

The BFP has not yet determined the cause of the fire.

As fire marshal of Antique, Pudadera created a six-man team to work together with the management of Gaisano Grand Mall to come up with a detailed report on the three-day blaze.

Pudadera emphasized that based on rules, a team from the BFP Central Office in Manila may conduct a formal investigation since the damage is more than P50 million.