A tweet coming from Giney Villar alerted Meralco and the fire department to rush to Kalayaan Avenue a few hours ago. Villar reported a live wire near BPI Kalayaan just seconds before the fire started.
The cable on fire was beside one of the transformers along Kalayaan Avenue near BPI Kalayaan which sits across a number of restaurants in the Diliman area. A number of these restaurants caught fire just last summer.
Meralco has not yet released a statement regarding the seemingly old cables at Kalayaan Avenue.
The Philippines has one of the most expensive rates for electric power; rates that are even higher than that of advanced countries such as France and Germany. With such high prices that consumers pay the electric power provider, Meralco should be able to perform regular maintenance on their transformers and cables, sources say.