Philstar.com – Tuesday, September 15
MANILA, Philippines – More than a week after a SuperFerry vessel tilted and sank off Zamboanga Peninsula, fire razed a sister ship docked at a Manila harbor, resulting to P100,000 worth of damages, an official said.
Senior Superintendent Pablito Cordeta, head of the National Capital Region-Bureau of Fire Protection, said the fire started around 3:42 a.m. today (Sept. 15) at the vessel’s kitchen.
Firefighters managed to put out the blaze around 4:37 a.m., Cordeta said.
Initial investigation showed that the fire was caused by a malfunctioning flourescent lamp.
The SupeFerry fleet is owned by Aboitiz Transport System, whose other passenger ship SuperFerry 9 sank off the coast of Zamboanga Peninsula last Sept. 6, killing 10 people. – By Dennis Carcamo (Philstar News Service, www.philstar.com)