Authorities put out fire in Cebu dept. store after 3 days

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — The Bureau of Fire Protection — Central Visayas (BFP-7) declared "fire out" at the Metro Department Store in Ayala Center Cebu on Monday afternoon, nearly three days after the fire broke Friday night.

BFP-7 director Samuel Tadeo said the fire was put out at 4:18 p.m. and a 15-member team will be tasked to investigate the incident.

The team will be composed of personnel from the BFP-7, BFP Cebu province and the Cebu City Fire Department.

Despite the declaration of a fire out, at least three fire trucks were seen dousing the mall to ensure the fire does not ignite again at certain portions of the building.

Authorities said the fire is contained within the department store and has not spread to other areas in the business subdivision. 

Mall management earlier said the blaze started at the toys department stockroom at the third floor of the mall, which then caused the fourth floor to collapse.

The BFP had already recommended that the main mall of the Ayala Center Cebu, which was spared from the fire, be reopened on Tuesday.

The mall management, however, said they have yet to assess whether they will resume operations.

Photos from the BFP-7 showed portions of the main mall of the Ayala Center were damaged by water during the firefighter's three-day operations.

Authorities have reported no injuries from the fire.