It looks like the planned 100% completion of Skyway Stage 3 this coming March will have to be pushed for another few months. This comes after a portion of the elevated expressway collapsed under the heat of a massive fire that engulfed a nearby warehouse in Pandacan, Manila.

The warehouse, which belongs to San Miguel Yamamura Corporation (SMYC), a subsidiary of San Miguel Corporation (SMC) caught fire at around 10:30 this morning. The building, which manufactures and stores packaging products made from plastic and glass, was quickly engulfed in flames. The enormous blaze reached "Task Force Bravo" and razed the warehouse and nearby surroundings.

Eventually, the fire along Tomas Claudio Street in Pandacan, Manila was put under control by around 1:30 PM. However, the heat of the fire caused a section of the Skyway Stage 3, (ironically) a project of SMC's infrastructure division to collapse.

Section of Skyway Stage 3 collapsed due to Pandacan fire image

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar stated that they will provide an update as soon as possible with regards to the damaged portion of the yet-to-be-completed Skyway Stage 3. In addition, Skyway O&M Corporation also announced that they are still assessing the extent of damage caused by the fire.

With a section of the elevated expressway badly damaged due to the warehouse fire, it might take the SMC several more months to actually finish the construction of Skyway Stage 3.