The Star City management announced this morning that the iconic amusement park would be closed for a year after it was hit by fire after midnight of Tuesday.
Atty. Rudolph Steve Juralbal, vice president for legal affairs of the Elizalde Group of Companies, said, “We’re targeting reopening about October next year. It’s necessary because the importation of rides takes time and the set-up of the park also.”
Pasay City Fire Marshal Superintendent Paul Pili said the fire alarm was raised to Task Force Bravo around 2:25 a.m., meaning that they already requested more fire trucks from other stations.
Star City fire started at The Snow World building
According to Jonathan Andal’s report on GMA News’ Unang Balita, the fire started from The Snow World’s building a few minutes after midnight.
Pili also said that the fire burned about 60% of the Star City’s compound.
The fire lasted for four hours and was declared under control as of 4:30 a.m.
Meanwhile, the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) building was also damaged. The MBC houses radio stations Love Radio, DZRH, Yes the Best! and Easy Rock.
Pili added that although Star City was spacious and accessible to firefighters, the burned buildings were mostly made of wood, spreading the fire quickly.
It will be a sad Christmas for both employees who will lose their jobs and for the Filipino families who made the amusement park part of their holiday traditions.
Star City is one of the top destinations in the Philippines during the Christmas season, especially for children.