Fire destroyed three classrooms and damaged the canteen of an elementary school in Brgy. Bagtik, Silay City, Negros Occidental, early yesterday morning.
The destruction was placed at P1.3 million.
Arson investigator, Senior Fire Officer 2 Rommel Velez, said they received acall from a concerned citizen at about 1:25 a.m. informing them that several buildings of Santo Rosario Elementary School were on fire.
When they arrived in the area the classrooms were already destroyed because the fire began at 12:30 a.m., Velez said.
Vicente Bihan, a member of the school staff, said the fire originated from the middle classroom and rapidly spread to the adjacent classrooms and the schools’ canteen.
Investigation showed that the fire originated from the ceiling and may have been caused by an electrical short circuit.
The electric wires could have been destroyed by rats in the ceiling causing the live wires to trigger the fire, Velez said.
The Bureau of Fire Protection is reminding the public to check on their electrical connections to prevent fires.*APN