Mindanao Times » nccc http://mindanaotimes.net Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.25 NCCC to fence burned Ma-a mall http://mindanaotimes.net/nccc-to-fence-burned-ma-a-mall/ http://mindanaotimes.net/nccc-to-fence-burned-ma-a-mall/#comments Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:17:55 +0000 http://mindanaotimes.net/?p=53745 ]]> 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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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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