The fire that razed the Bulwagang Rizal Faculty Center in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman campus on Friday midnight, which was thought to have been put under control, has reignited.
The UP Diliman's official publication, the Philippine Collegian, said in an update that thick smoke was now coming out from the building's second floor.
The fire initially hit the Faculty Center around 1 a.m. earlier today. Fortunately, no one was hurt in the incident although important research materials were destroyed by the fire, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael Tan told GMA News.
The Philippine Collegian further reported that the blaze reached “Task Force Alpha,” prompting all nearby fire stations to send in their trucks and personnel to help put it out. It added that the blaze started on the building’s third floor and spread to the lower floors based on initial assessment of the fire.
The Bureau of Fire Protection declared the blaze under control around 4:40 a.m. while the estimated cost of damage was reportedly pegged at P3 million.
So far, the building’s first floor remains undamaged but Tan said it will be off limits due to safety concerns.
Classes for the College of Arts and Letters building have also been suspended due to the incident.
Photo Credit: Philippine Collegian, Kenneth Gutlay and Jiru Rada