Two policemen died and two others were injured in a fire incident inside Camp Crame earlier today, police reported.
SSgt. Nichol Jamosmos, of the Special Action Force (SAF), died after apparently getting suffocated by fumes, according to reports from the PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS) and Logistics Support Service (LSS).
MSgt. Amado Ormillon Jr., of the HSS’ Base Fire Section, died after getting electrocuted and hitting his head, the reports said.
Lt. Victorio Esyulde, also of the SAF, was brought to the PNP General Hospital after also inhaling fumes and sustaining injuries.
The damaged portion of the Transportation Maintenance Division (TMD),
Also brought to the hospital for injuries was SSgt. Jesus Apil, of the Directorate for Personnel and Records Management.
Lt. Col. Daniel Vinluan, deputy chief of the HSS’ Transportation Maintenance Division (TMD), said he first heard a burst near his unit’s gate around 2:30 a.m.
Vinluan went out to check where the sound came from, then saw fire at the back of a SAF V-150 armored vehicle parked in the motorpool’s shed.
It was learned that Esyulde and Jamosmos were then rendering duty as the armored vehicle’s crew.
Vinluan told the duty vehicle dispatcher to call a fire truck while he and other LSS personnel tried to suppress the blaze with fire extinguishers, the report said.
While Base Fire personnel were responding to the blaze, Ormillon got electrocuted by a live wire and hit his head on a steel structure, it added.
The fire was put out at 3:06 a.m.
Ormillion and Jamosmos were also taken to the hospital for treatment, but were declared dead at 3:59 a.m. and 4:02 a.m., respectively.
National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas has ordered a full-dress investigation into the fire, which also damaged the TMD’s facility.
He also instructed HSS director Brig. Gen. Arthur Bisnar to conduct more rigid periodic fire safety inspection of facilities and buildings in Camp Crame, especially old structures made of light and combustible materials.
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