A fire of still unknown cause broke out yesterday afternoon at a former garment factory located at the corner of String Beans Avenue and Pumpkin Street in Chalan Laulau.
Heavy rain helped firefighters in extinguishing the blaze less than two hours after the mysterious fire engulfed the former Pang Jin and Winners Garment at about 2:20pm.
No one was reported injured.
Thick white smoke blanketed Middle Road in the vicinity of the fire scene, slowing motorists passing the opposite lanes. Some motorists and residents in the area first thought it was just fog because the mountain was foggy at the time.
At 2:45pm there was heavy rain in the area, but the fire continued to gobble the interior of the factory's two-story building. The rain, however, continued for about an hour, making firefighters' job easier to control the blaze.
No other establishments or houses were affected because the abandoned factory is isolated from other residential and commercial buildings.
Eduard Manahan, 44, auto electrician of Marianas Repair Co., said their accountant went out from their office and noticed thick smoke coming out from the former factory that is located behind their compound.
Manahan said the workers started to leave the office as the smoke was going toward their direction.
The auto electrician said he proceeded to his house just near their office and brought his three children to a relative's residence in As Lito.