Star City fire causes P1 billion in damage; management says to try to reopen this year

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 02 2019 06:20 PM | Updated as of Oct 02 2019 09:47 PM

Fire razes parts of Star City amusement park in Pasay City before dawn Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The fire that razed Star City amusement park in Pasay City before dawn Wednesday left an estimated P1 billion in damage.

Ed de Leon, spokesperson of Star City owner Star Parks Corporation, said this Wednesday afternoon, but added that park management would try to reopen within the year.

"We will try to open this year. Depending on the assessments of our engineers," de Leon told ABS-CBN News in a text message.

The park earlier said it may not be able to open in time for Christmas, a peak season, and estimated that operations might resume in October 2020.

The fire that struck 12:22 a.m. Wednesday razed some 80 percent of the park and damaged nearby buildings, including facilities of radio and television network Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC).

 

Investigators are eyeing electrical overload and arson as the cause of the fire.

The park management believes the blaze was unintentional.