Ever Gotesco Mall – The Collapse Of An Abandoned Building in The Philippines

Ever Gotesco Mall in Caloocan City, The Philippines was burned to the ground on March 17th 2012 and after a fire that burned for 20 hours, was abandoned and declared a no-go area by the city officials. A short time after, while the building was being secured by builders, the mall roof collapsed. Demolition is now seen as the best option for the structure.

The fire initially started around 10:45pm on the ground floor of the four-storey building, possibly in a show store, and was noticed by a security guard who tried to tackle the blaze but to no avail. Nearby residents were evacuated as the fire raged out of control. It was eventually extinguished nearly 20 hours later with the building almost reduced to a shell.

Ever Gotesco Malls started in 1972 by the 24-year-old Jose Go in Downtown Manila. They specialised in low-priced goods being sold to low-income students and the company thrived. In 1975, a second outlet was opened in Caloocan City. Two more stores were later added and in 1996 the company was floated on the stock exchange. They began to purchase other companies including those with interests in mining, housing, leisure and banking. The Asian financial crisis hit hard although Ever Gotesco Malls survived.

The videos below are from the fire and the later collapse of the mall.

Location: Caloocan City, The Philippines

Category: Mall

Abandoned: 2012

 

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