FOUR cities in Metro Cebu have been under fire for just 15 hours.

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Butane refilling station explode!

FOUR cities in Metro Cebu have been under fire for just 15 hours.

The fires hit a factory, burning two houses, but the worst was a fire at a butane refilling station, where LPG tanks exploded.

Despite repeated calls by government agencies to stop the illegal business of butane, it still does.

In Tuesday afternoon, September 24,2019,  two structures at the suspected butane refilling station in Sitio Dauis-Kimba, Barangay San Roque, Cebu City were set ablaze.

During the fire, at least 50 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanks and thousands of butane canisters exploded.

It alarmed the residents of neighboring houses as it erupted and the huge LPG tanks were blown away when the city fires in Talisay City at 12:35 am Tuesday.

The establishment is located in the main hall of the Dauis-Kimba sitio, just 50 meters from the neighboring houses.

Fire Senior Inspector Arra Alpajaro, fire marshal at the Talisay City Fire Station, said the structures were owned or they identified a butane refilling station at a Chona Mercado.

Alpajaro said no permit and clearance was issued to them by the BFP and the City hall.

Investigators are investigating the cause of the fire including Mercado.

Neighbors said they believed someone was paying attention, as shots of the small butane canister were heard.

You guys are getting bigger shots again and again from the big LPG tanks.

“I rushed out of the house, thinking I had a shot and fired a bomb. I saw the workers coming out. The canisters blow first, the big 'tanks follow,' Alfredo Caballes.UPDATE: Large liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tanks are dispersed outside the burned butane refilling station at Sitio Dauis-Kimba, Barangay San Roque, Talisay City at 12am on Tuesday noon, September 24, 2019. Fire was the fourth to hit various locations in Metro Cebu in just 20 hours.UPDATE: Large liquified petroleum gas (LPG) tanks are dispersed outside the burned butane refilling station at Sitio Dauis-Kimba, Barangay San Roque, Talisay City at 12am on Tuesday noon, September 24, 2019. Fire was the fourth to hit various locations in Metro Cebu in just 20 hours.

Neighbors said they only rented the structure in the early part of 2018.

First they believe that they only wear clothes or pants.

But in a few weeks, they've seen huge 'LPG tanks and butane canisters.

It also receives refills that cost just P16 per canister, cheaper P25 than others.

“They are a little late, delivery and refill are already there. Day and night, there is operation, ”Leonila Suarez said.

They claim they know they are illegal, but they prefer not to interfere, such as not reporting to the relevant government agency.

“This is our problem, because we always remind you that banning illegal butane, especially the illegal refilling station, is illegal. We keep on warning them that it can really cause fire. The Department of Energy intensifies its program against the illegal use of butane canisters that are actually disposable. Now this is another warning to our residents that it should never be used as a cooking utensil, ”Alpajaro explained.

A fire marshal in Talisay has since been recalled, after another decoration at the Deca homes in Barangay Dumlog, Talisay City, which also made a butane refilling station was set ablaze in July this year.

An estimated P720,000 was also spent on three vehicles.

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