(SPOT.ph) Looks like Christmas won't be the same this year. Star City will be shut down after a massive fire burned through more than half of the amusement park's compound early Wednesday morning, October 2. The fire, which has razed down the Snow World and the park's other rides, broke out past midnight and lasted well into the morning, with the Pasay City Fire Station declaring the blaze "under control" at 4:32 a.m. The Manila Broadcasting Company was also affected by the fire; their AM station DZRH will be back on air in less than 48 hours.
Electrical troubles have been cited as a possible cause, but authorities are not discounting arson. No casualties have been reported as of writing but Star City management said that they will have to shut down operations this Christmas season—and the closure will most likely extend till 2020.
"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," said Attorney Rudolph Steve Juralbal of the Elizalde Group of Companies, which operates Star City, in a report by GMA News Online..
People have taken to Twitter to express their shock at the sudden blaze that seems to have taken away a huge part of every Manila kid's childhood. Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of this star.
Main image from Star City website.
this strange new world.