QC, Philippines — A fire broke out in the warehouse of the SM Department Store at the SM City North EDSA in Quezon City on Sunday evening, July 16, according to an official press statement released by the company’s business establishment.
Authorities raised the third alarm on the fire, which is still unknown cause, as of 8:48 P.M., according to an earlier report by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
The MMDA confirmed the fire, which reportedly started at a stockroom on the fourth floor but fortunately did not spread.
In a press statement posted shortly before 10:00 P.M. on its Facebook page, the SM Supermalls said:
“The incident happened in the warehouse of The SM Store in SM City North EDSA. Our emergency response team was immediately on site to manage said incident. The situation is already contained. No one was hurt in the incident. Investigation into the matter is ongoing, together with the Bureau of Fire Protection. The mall is in normal operations and maintenance and clearing activities are being conducted. Thank you.”
According to a Radyo Inquirer report, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) declared a fireout at 10:33 P.M.
The fire occurred on the last day of the SM City North EDSA’s three-day sale event.
Earlier, the reporters were prohibited from taking photographs of the firetrucks parked behind SM City North EDSA.
This reporter was on the first floor of the SM department store when he smelled smoke. The people then were not yet instructed to be evacuated even as firetrucks were parked outside the super mall.
The fire has been already contained, according to the SM Supermalls’ management, and that no one has been declared hurt. An investigation about the cause of the fire is still ongoing. The SM City North EDSA’s operations have resumed to normal.