Stall owners in fire-hit public market in Teresa, Rizal seek LGU’s assistance

Published August 12, 2021, 7:38 PM

by Nel Andrade

Several stall owners whose business enclosures in Teresa Public Market were razed by fire last Wednesday night are seeking assistance from the local government.

Teresa Mayor Raul Palino had a quick talk with some of the affected stall owners who personally went to his office Thursday morning, according to a staff of the chief executive.

The staff of Palino, who requested not to be identified, told Manila Bulletin that at least 162 stall owners were affected by the blaze that totally damaged the Pamilihang Bayan ng Teresa.

Fire Officer 1 John Kenneth Dalumpines of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)-Teresa said the office of BFP-Teresa fire marshall Senior Fire Officer 3 Anne Bastian has not received a report of any casualty or injury related to the fire incident that reached the third alarm.

The blaze started around 8:20 p.m. and reached the third alarm before it was declared under control shortly after 11 p.m. on August 11.

Firefighters from Antipolo City and nearby municipalities in Rizal Province rushed to the fire scene at the public market located on M.L. Quezon Street in Barangay San Gabriel.

At around 6 a.m. on August 12, at least five fire trucks rushed to the public market after residents saw smoke coming out of the damaged stall.

The office of SFO3 Bastian has yet to release a report on the amount of damage that the fire had incurred.

Most of the stalls were covered with roll-up doors and padlocked, making it difficult for the firefighters to penetrate, according to the BFP.

Fire trucks from BFP Antipolo City, Cainta, Taytay and nearby municipalities and volunteer firefighters from as far as Pasig City also responded to the fire scene.

Firefighters said several stall owners rushed to the public market upon learning of the incident. Some of them tried to open the roll-up doors of their stalls just to save their merchandise but authorities stopped them. But there were still others who managed to save some of their goods before the stalls caught fire.