DENR to look into arson angle in LMB fire
Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered an investigation into media reports that arson may have caused the pre-dawn fire that gutted the Land Management Bureau (LMB) building in Binondo, Manila last Monday.
“While we hope that this is not the case, arson is a serious crime and the LMB fire significantly impacts Filipinos who place premium value on land,” Cimatu said.
LMB is a staff bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
Cimatu said that DENR and LMB officials would work closely with investigators from the National Bureau of Investigation and the Manila Fire District to determine the cause of the fire which started at the upper floors of the LMB.
The fire, which lasted for 22 hours, destroyed not only the LMB building but other adjacent buildings and establishments, including the National Archives Office.