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Metro Briefs: Fire hits BPI Greenbelt

/ 12:16 AM July 05, 2016

BANK records went up in smoke as a fire hit a Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch in Makati City on Monday morning.

SFO1 Reynaldo Gonzales said the storage room containing the records was burned as fire erupted at 9:17 a.m. at the BPI Greenbelt Cinema branch at Greenbelt 1 on Paseo de Roxas Avenue.

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A bank security guard said there was a spark from the ceiling near the vault, located beside the storage room, shortly before flames appeared, Gonzales told the Inquirer.

The fire reached the first alarm at 9:28 a.m. before it was declared under control at 9:55 a.m. Although it was put out at 3:31 p.m., investigators could not immediately go inside the bank because of the thick smoke.

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According to Gonzales, fire investigators have yet to assess the extent of the damage. No one was reported hurt.

In a statement to the Inquirer, BPI reassured affected clients, saying their accounts remained safe and secure and the branch would soon resume operations.  Erika Sauler and Doris Dumlao

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