Mindanao Times » nccc fire http://mindanaotimes.net Fri, 21 Sep 2018 02:22:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 DILG’s Año vows to sue culprits in deadly NCCC fire http://mindanaotimes.net/dilgs-oic-ano-vows-to-sue-culprits-in-deadly-nccc-fire/ http://mindanaotimes.net/dilgs-oic-ano-vows-to-sue-culprits-in-deadly-nccc-fire/#comments Sun, 28 Jan 2018 11:09:09 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53522 ]]> DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local government (DILG) officer-in-charge Eduardo Año has vowed to file charges against those who have the accountability in the deadly Dec. 23, 2017, NCCC fire that killed 38 persons.

Año said the filing of charges is necessary because “we don’t want a repeat of such kind of incident.”

While the investigation is yet to be completed, Año said “more or less you have an idea why it happened and for sure someone is responsible for this.”

He lamented that the recklessness of some responsible individuals had caused so much loss of lives.

Año said the incident is very heartbreaking.

The DILG controls the Bureau of Fire Protection, which is investigating the incident.

The BFP initially relieved five fire officials assigned in the area. Three other retired BFP officials are also implicated.

The Inter-Agency Anti-Arson Task Force initially said that eight active and retired BFP officials assigned in the city may face charges in connection to the fire.

In an earlier interview, Sr. Supt. Jerry Candido, spokesperson of the task force, said they are still collating the documents from 2003 – the year that the NCC started operation — until the day of the fire.

Candido said they are tracing the names of all those who signed and approved the safety certificate, referring to the fire inspectors and the fire marshal, of the ill-fated mall.

“Without those documents, it’s unfair if we reveal names because we don’t have evidence,” Candido said.

Candido said they have requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to issue a subpoena to the district fire marshal to produce all the documents necessary to finish the investigation immediately.

He said the NCCC and SSI management may possibly be included in the charge for their failure to comply on the provisions of fire exits and automatic suppression system.

The task force has already finished its investigation in determining the cause of fire and the three main violations why the victims were trapped to death in the fourth floor.

“For now, we are in the process in determining the people who are liable on this,” Candido said.

The three violations that the task force noted were:
• The fire alarm of SSI was not linked with the shopping mall;
• The exit was not fire-proof;
• The automatic fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers, were not functioning.
Probers established that the fire was caused by electrical short circuit.
Thirty-seven of the victims were call center agents of the American-owned SSI, while the other one was a safety officer of the mall who braved to go to the fourth floor to lead other call agents to escape.

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Eight BFP XI personnel may face raps after NCCC fire http://mindanaotimes.net/eight-bfp-xi-personnel-may-face-raps-after-nccc-fire/ http://mindanaotimes.net/eight-bfp-xi-personnel-may-face-raps-after-nccc-fire/#comments Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:08:40 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=52612 ]]> THE INTER-AGENCY Anti-Arson Task Force revealed on Wednesday, Jan. 10, that eight active and retired personnel of the Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP) XI may face charges in connection to the deadly NCCC Mall fire that claimed the lives of 38 people on Dec. 23.

Photo by Bing Gonzales

Photo by Bing Gonzales

Speaking at the AFP-PNP press conference held at Royal Mandaya hotel, Sr. Supt. Jerry Candido, spokesperson of the task force, declined to name the eight individuals pending the results of the investigation.
“We can’t reveal names because we are trying to retrieve all the documents from 2003 until the day the fire occurred,” he said.
He said they will try to trace all the names of those who signed the safety certificate, referring to the fire inspectors and the fire marshal.
“No matter that our suspicion may be, without those documents it’s unfair if we reveal names because we don’t have evidence,” Candido said.
The task force also requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to issue a subpoena to the district fire marshal to produce all the documents necessary to finish the investigation quickly.
They have also requested the list of all officers and non-officers of the Office of the District Fire Marshal.
He also said they can’t deny that the NCCC and SSI management will possibly face charges because of the violations and provisions of fire exits and automatic suppression system, which is primarily to be ensured by the NCCC.
“Our timeline hopefully is to submit the final report on Thursday (Jan. 11) and Friday (Jan. 12) and make announcements,” he further said.
He said they have already finished their investigation in determining the cause of fire, why people were trapped and the three main violations (on the Fire Code) contributed why people were trapped in fourth floor.
“For now, we are in the process for determining the people that are liable on this and specific charges,” Candido said.
Candido also explained the three violations that the task force noted on why there were people killed. He outlined one of the main violations as the delayed warning to the SSI personnel because the alarm of the company is not linked with the shopping mall.
“Second violation is the exit, which should be fire-proof. “If there’s an opening, there should be enclosures and fire heating (mechanisms).”
“The fire heating means the material can withstand the heat for at least an hour so that it will still be passable,” he said, adding that automatic fire suppression systems such as sprinklers were also not functioning.
The cause of the fire has been established as electrical short circuit.
Meanwhile, the two foreign investigators paid a courtesy call to the task force on Tuesday morning. They visited the site and remained there for two hours. Yesterday, they also interviewed the witnesses.
“We haven’t asked the management on their reason in hiring foreign investigators,” he said.

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