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Fire hits Caloocan police headquarters

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) is still determining what caused the more than one-hour fire that gutted the Caloocan City police main headquarters where several units and offices were housed, including the Camanava Press Corps before dawn yesterday.
Arson investigator FO1 Zoren Cabagay said before the fire broke out around 4:20 a.m., several explosions were heard in the ceiling at the middle portion of the building that housed the offices of the Scene of the Crime Operatives, Northern Media Group and Finance Department.
The fire quickly spread to other adjacent offices of the Police Community Relation, Tactical Operation Center, Admin Office, Station Investigation, Logistic Section and the office of the Camanava Press Corps forcing the BFP to raise the fire into 4th alarm.
Northern Police District director Chief Supt. Amando Clifton Empiso and city police chief Senior Supt. Jemar Modequillo immediately ordered the evacuation of the male and female detainees under tight security at the nearby firing range.
The fire also destroyed dozens of motorcycles parked beside the headquarters while a rookie policeman failed to salvage the P300,000 cash he loaned from the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund.
Fire volunteer Rudivier Ignacio, 31, of Caloocan Fire Brigade suffered laceration when glass splinters hit his arms. He was treated at the Caloocan City Medical Center.
Modequillo said even the files of cases handled by their investigators were destroyed by fire, extra copies of these cases, including suspected extra judicial killings and deaths under inquiry were submitted to the district headquarters.
The fire was put under control at around 5:30 a.m. and was declared fire out by 6:03 a.m. The BFP placed the structural damage at P1 million while the cost of damage to police properties and personal belongings of policemen, civilian employees and private individuals, including reporters, is yet to be determined.

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