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Fire hits Bacolod school

About P200,000 worth of personal and government properties turned to ashes in a fire that destroyed the single storey building of a public school in Bacolod City at about 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

City Deputy fire marshal Insp. Publio Ploteña said that they received a call from patrol 117 that a building inside the compound of the Apolinario Mabini Elementary School in Brgy. 28 was on fire.

Four fire trucks of the BFP were sent to the area and were assisted by those from the Chinese Chamber and the Amity fire volunteer brigades.

No one was injured in the fire that was put out at about 2:44 p.m., Ploteña said.

Initial investigation conducted by Fire Officer 3 Joey Michael Victoriano showed that the fire that originated at the ceiling of the building, could have been caused by an electrical short circuit since there were corroded wirings recovered from the scene, he added.

The building was used for a home economics class but was converted into a teachers’ quarter, Ploteña said. The ceiling of the building was easily gutted by the fire as it is already old, he said.

Two houses in Brgy. 3, Bacolod were also destroyed by fire on Thursday that caused about P100,000 in damage to properties, BFP records showed.

Ploteña is reminding the public to have their electrical wiring checked by licensed electricians and to make sure that their wires are not corroded.*APN

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