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Fact Sheet: Slippers Factory Fire in Ugong, Valenzuela City May 13, 2015

Mayor REX Gatchalian speaks at Maysan Barangay Hall before the relatives of 68 workers who are reported missing after a huge fire gutted a slippers factory in Brgy. Ugong Wednesday noon.

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Relatives of the 68 unaccounted workers at the factory of Kentex Manufacturing Corporation gather at the Maysan Barangay Hall Thursday night to wait for updates from authorities. Social welfare workers are in deployed for assistance.

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As of 10:42 p.m., May 13, 2015

  • Three died and at least 68 are missing during a fire in a slippers factory on Tatalon Street, Barangay Ugong, Valenzuela City, May 13, 2015.
  • The factory is Kentex Manufacturing Corporation.
  • The fire was first reported to the city fire station at 11: 23 a.m. It reached the alert level Task Force Alpha at 11:41 a.m. Officials of the city fire station declared the fire under control at 4:11 p.m.
  • As soon as the fire was officially reported, the BFP Valenzuela immediately deployed 12 trucks and close to 20 ambulances and several police personnel. This was followed soon by personnel from the City Social Welfare and Development Office, Health, Search and Rescue, and other vital city offices.
  • Five were rushed by the city search and rescue to hospitals:  two in Chinese General Hospital, and three in Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital. The total number of survivors is yet to be determined.
  • Cause of the fire: Sparks from the factory’s gate being weld set nearby containers of chemicals on fire.
  • At 6:00 p.m., families of the victims were brought to the Maysan Barangay Hall to help authorities identify bodies by giving information about their missing family members
  • At 9:00 p.m., City Mayor REX Gatchalian told families of the victims that fire and police officials and scene of the crime operatives are for the mean time stopping the retrieval of bodies; the building’s second floor has softened, making it prone to collapse.
  • Mayor REX also told families that bodies have been burnt beyond recognition and that identifying them by visual inspection is now impossible. He told families to fill out a profile of their family members that includes:  gender, age, height, teeth (presence of cavities, dentures, etc.), body marks (scars, tattoo, birthmarks), number of fingers, jewelry, baldness and hair texture, and physical disability.
  • Mayor REX assured families that the city government will provide them with burial assistance, health and food assistance, and psychosocial support.
  • The families were asked to return to Maysan Barangay Hall at 3:00 p.m., May 14.
  • The city government is in constant communication with the city Bureau of Fire Protection, PNP and PNP-SOCO, and other rescue and disaster offices to ensure that proper procedures and protocols are followed after the tragedy.
2015-05-13 | By: Public Information Office

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