An early morning fire burned through 80 percent of the Star City complex in Pasay City yesterday, October 2, including the theme park that has been a staple pasyalan of Filipino families during the holiday season for nearly three decades, CNN Philippines reports.
Pasay City Fire Marshal Superintendent Paul Pili said the fire that erupted shortly after midnight reached first alarm at 12:36 a.m., and then was quickly raised to the 5th alarm at 1:02 a.m.
At about 2:35 a.m., the situation was further elevated to Task Force Bravo, which meant more fire trucks—a total of 19—were at the scene to help put out the fire. It was finally declared under control at around 4:30 a.m.
Star City is a 35,000-square meter theme park that houses more than 30 attractions. It is located inside the reclaimed area of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) complex in Pasay City. The amusement park opened its doors in 1991 and has an annual attendance of about 1.5 million people.
After the fire gutted through the complex, the roof of Star City’s Snow World attraction collapsed, and Star Theater was also destroyed. Several parts and offices of the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), which is also located inside the complex and home to several radio stations, were partly damaged.
There was no immediate report of any casualty.
Initial investigations showed the fire started in the storage facility filled with stuffed toys and other assorted prizes. Pili said investigators are looking at electrical trouble and arson as possible causes of the fire based on how quickly the blaze spread.
In an official statement, MBC said it is coordinating with authorities to determine the cause of the fire. The management also wiped out all hopes of getting the amusement park to reopen in time for the coming holidays. “Star City, which was hardest hit by the fire, will be closed this Christmas season,” the MBC management said.
Star City spokesperson Rudolph Jularbal said the amusement park might reopen in October 2020.
*This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.