Huge fire hits Star City

MANILA, Philippines – A huge fire broke out at Star City, a well-known amusement park located in Pasay City, on Wednesday morning, October 2, 2019.

Huge fire hits Star City
Star City will not open this Christmas Season, the management said. | Photo Credit: Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Authorities reported that fire, believed to have started in the stockroom of stuffed toys and an assortment of prizes, errupted at 12:26 a.m.

It destroyed the Snow World, Star Theater attractions and other indoor rides and attractions.

Status was raised to 5th alarm at 1:02 a.m. according to emergency dispatch server “TXTFIRE Philippines”.

Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, tweeted they have dispatched 2 fire trucks and 2 ambulances on ground.

Pasay City Fire Marshal Superintendent Paul Pili said that 60 percent of the infrastructure within the Star City compound has been razed.

The Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) building, which houses radio stations: Love Radio, DZRH, Yes the Best! and Easy Rock, was partly damaged.

In a statement, MBC said: "Despite the catastrophe, MBC FM stations Love Radio, Yes the Best, and Easy Rock will continue regular broadcasting operations." AM radio station DZRH is expected to go back on-air within 48 hours or less.

Star City spokesperson Rudolph Jularbal told ABS-CBN News that the amusement park might only reopen in October 2020.

"Star City, which was hardest hit by the fire, will be closed through the Christmas season," MBC added.

Huge fire hits Star City
Grabbed image from Twitter Philippines.

As of 4:30 a.m., the fire has been declared under control.

Investigation is underway.

— The Summit Express

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