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Eleazar orders inventory to ensure evidence kept intact after fire hits MPD crime lab

/ 01:19 PM November 05, 2021
The Manila Police District (MPD) was ordered to conduct a complete inventory of pieces of evidence and documents after its Crime Laboratory caught fire that lasted for more than 30 minutes.

Photo courtesy of Manila Police District.

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) was ordered to conduct a complete inventory of pieces of evidence and documents after its crime laboratory caught fire that lasted for more than 30 minutes.

Police chief Guillermo Eleazar made the order on Friday, a day after the fire occurred in a two-story building located at MPD headquarters in Ermita, Manila on Thursday morning.

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“The role of the Crime Laboratory in any police unit as evidence custodian is an integral part of law enforcement and criminal prosecution,” Eleazar said in a statement. “The integrity of the evidence must always be protected.”

Eleazar said the Bureau of Fire Protection is now investigating if the fire is accidental or planned.

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The fire, which originated in the evidence room of SOCO, was due to chemical toluene that sparked and ignited, according to a BFP report.

The fire, which began at around 9:45 am, reached the first alarm at 9:51 am until it was extinguished at 10:35 am, the BFP added.

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