NCCC to fence burned Ma-a mall

The management of NCCC Mall will put up a temporary fence as way to cordon the burnt site following the recommendation made by the Office of the City Building Official (OCBO).

OCBO officer-in-charge Cirinia Grace Catubig said the company applied for permit in the third week of January at their office to allow them to establish a temporary fence. She said this was among their recommendations that they provided to the management.

“This is for safety purposes. The mall has to be cordoned so the people that would pass by at the site would not be hit if there is a falling debris or cause the falling debris from affecting other structures near the mall,” Catubig told the reporters in an interview at her office.

The OCBO also recommended for the demolition of the mall, which was razed on Dec. 23 that killed 38 people, mostly call center agents of their tenant, Research Now SSI.

Catubig said the owners of the shopping center could not yet demolish it pending the investigation by authorities. While it has yet to be demolished, she said a fence has to be established at the site.

In a report of MindaNews, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) also recommended for the total demolition of the shopping center. The bureau assessed that the entire building was totally damaged except the ground floor.

The fire damages reached about P1.6 billion, according to BFP.

Based on the initial investigation, the fire started in the third floor, where flammable materials such as furniture and fabric were located. Investigators are determining the possible liabilities of SSI and NCCC Mall in the incident.

Reports cited that the automatic fire suppression system, which would have released water during the fire, was reportedly disabled as a portion of the mall was under maintenance. (KMF)

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