- Ateneo de Zamboanga was razed by fire
- No casualties were reported for the incident
- Other universities such as the University of the Philippines - Diliman and University of the East - Manila were also destroyed by fire this year
A fire raged at the campus of Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) on a rainy Thursday morning on July 7.
The said fire broke out at around 7:30 a.m. and hit several parts of the campus including Manuel Sauras Hall, where 2 floors of the cafeteria and College of Law are located, Brebeuf Gymnasium, and Xavier Hall in the La Purisima campus.
The Brebeuf Gym, which is considered as the oldest structure in the university, stood for 67 years from 1949.
These offices were also hit by the fire: Assistant to the Academic Vice-President, Academic Vice-President, Center of Information Technology Services Computer Laboratories (Advanced and Basic Laboratories), College of Nursing, School of Education, School of Liberal Arts, School of Management and Accountancy, and the University Registrar.
A fire out declaration was announced at 9:48 a.m.
No one was killed nor injured during the incident. Classes have been suspended until further notice, said the campus administration. They added that important documents from the registrar’s office and equipment such as computers were spared from the fire.
As of this posting time, the administration is still waiting for the result of the official investigation regarding the cause of the fire. The amount of damages is yet to be determined.
Both netizens and students expressed their sentiments about the incident.
Last April 1, the UP Diliman Campus also experienced the hassle brought by fire when it razed the campus and caused more than 3 million pesos worth of damages. According to the investigation, a faulty electrical wiring may have caused the fire. The building of the faculty center that was burnt stood from 1960s. It was considered as a historical site.
The day after, another fire hit UE Manila campus. The fire affected the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Engineering and the University Chapel.
There were no casualties on both events, although firemen have been injured. - HB, Kami Media