ILIGAN CITY - Despite the pouring rain brought about by Tropical Storm Basyang, fire razed Santo Niño Academy in Barangay Mahayahay, Iligan City on Tuesday.
Classes were suspended and the school was closed at the time the fire erupted at around 3 p.m.
The structure is made of light materials which made the fire spread rapidly to adjacent buildings, including the National Bureau of Investigation's office and an old home which used to be a museum and is now considered a city heritage site.
NBI-Iligan Chief Attorney Jamal Dimaporo said they were holding office and receiving applications for clearances when they noticed smoke coming from the ceiling.
“Magkalapit lang kasi yung bubong naming sa bubong ng paaralan,” he said.
Dimaporo said they immediately evacuated people. They were not able to save some of their firearms in the armory as it was already too hot and dark to go back in.
The fire consumed half of the office that the bureau deems it impossible to resume its operations soon.
The Bureau of Fire immediately contained the fire after raising the general alarm. Response teams from barangays and private establishments were quick to help put out the fire.
Fire Marshal Sr. Insp. Butch Baulete said they have yet to find out what caused the fire.