Fire Explosion Kills 70 Workers in Valenzuela
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A slippers factory in Valenzuela city is caught in flames while workers were trapped inside. The Bureau of Fire Protection on Thursday said that over 70 people were confirmed dead, while a number of others remain unaccounted. The workers rushed to the second floor of the factory to avoid the flames; apparently, the windows were wrapped with steel bars and chicken wires, preventing them to escape, resulting in distorted bodies and charred beyond recognition.
Several witnesses claimed that an explosion as strong as a bomb was felt; others were comparing it to a strong earthquake that shook the ground at that moment. Workers who were trapped on the second floor of the factory were even seen pleading for aid as the flames wallop them helplessly.
Meanwhile, PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina has ordered the fielding of additional Scene of the Crime Operations (SOCO) forensic examiners to assist the fire bureau in the retrieval operations.
The welding operation in the ground floor of the factory is seen to be the cause of the explosion, as the construction workers were not advised that chemical substances were present on that site. Welding droplets and molten metal slag were seen to drop beside the blowing chemicals in the factory.
Authorities were also looking for the failure to provide proper fire exits. Survivor Jobert Canillo stated that the building had only two fire exits.