WATCH: UP Diliman's Faculty Center hit by huge fire

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 01 2016 03:13 AM | Updated as of Oct 11 2016 11:50 AM

MANILA - A huge fire has struck the Faculty Center building in the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Also known as Rizal Hall (Bulwagang Rizal), the Faculty Center houses most of the department offices of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) and faculty rooms of CAL and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP).

Firefighters have responded to the incident.

According to UP Diliman-based student publication Tinig ng Plaridel, fire gutted down the west wing of the Faculty Center, facing the side of the CAL building. 

Security guards told Tinig ng Plaridel that the fire may have started near the Speech Communication Department. 

Philippine Collegian, UP Diliman's official student publication, reported that the fire alarm has reached "Task Force Alpha," one level above the fifth alarm, according to SF04 Jose Felipe Arreza of the QC Fire Department. 

The alarm level may again be raised soon. Around 20 firetrucks are now trying to put out the fire now gutting the Faculty Center, the Philippine Collegian said. - report from Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News