Fire in Batangas gas facility under control

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The fire was reported at around 4 p.m. Saturday, when — officials say — an LPG storage tank exploded inside the South Pacific Inc. gas facility.

Batangas (CNN Philippines) — A fire that has been raging at the South Pacific Inc. gas facility in Calaca, Batangas since late Saturday afternoon (February 20) has been put under control.

However, authorities said that it may take two to three days to put out the fire — they will let it burn through the remaining fuel in the affected tank containing 7,000 MT of gas.

The fire was reported at around 4 p.m. Saturday, when — officials said — an LPG storage tank exploded inside the South Pacific Inc. gas facility located within the Phoenix Petroterminal and Industrial Park. It reached general alarm — the highest alarm level — in an hour.

Calaca Mayor Sofronio Manuel Ona declared a state of emergency on Sunday (February 21).

Two individuals were injured from the explosion and were subsequently taken to the hospital. No deaths have been reported.

On Saturday, huge flames and smoke plumes were seen until Balayan, the town next to Calaca. At least two barangays — Salong and Camastilisan — have been affected.

Calaca, Batangas under state of emergency

As of posting time, 1126 individuals were evacuated to four sites: Calaca Central School, Puting Bato Central School, a Mormon chapel, and Dacanlao Elementary School.

Interior Secretary Mel Sarmiento, who visited the site on Sunday, said that they are making sure the government provides all logistical support to contain the fire.

At least 48 fire trucks from different parts of the Southern Tagalog region and Subic have been deployed to contain the fire.

South Pacific Inc. Business Development head Ronnie Badidles said that a leak in one of the facility's storage tanks may have caused the fire.

CNN Philippines' Anna Estanislao and Batangas-based journalist Ron Lozano contributed to this report.