A fire hits Gaisano Capital South on Leon Kilat St., Cebu City on Friday, 12:42 a.m, December 23, 2011. At least 30 fire trucks and several firefighters from all over Cebu province continue battling a predawn fire for more than 17 hours that gutted an eight-storey shopping mall.

A mall security guard has said he heard a loud explosion followed by a thick smoke. The fire started at the second floor of the shopping mall and has reached a general alarm.

As of this posting, fire officials have yet to determine the cause of the fire and the amount of damage it caused. Firefighters continue fighting blazes. They actually used aerial ladders to aim their hoses and water cannons.

The mall had earlier scheduled a Christmas midnight sale Friday night.

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