Fire razes school, sports center-A A +A
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A FIRE broke out at the north wing of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School (MOGCHS), which destroyed the left wing of the Pelaez Sports Center’s grandstand late Tuesday afternoon.
The fire had eaten up at least 22 classrooms of MOGCHS, including an automotive shop.
City Fire Marshal Reynante Lorono declared the fire under control at 6:55 p.m.
Initial investigation showed that the fire started underneath the grandstand but investigators were still trying to determine what caused it.
Firefighters tried to contain the blaze that was eating up the Atty. Aquilino Pimentel building where the automotive shop was located, but failed.
Lorono admitted they had difficulty containing the fire since the building was made of light materials. "Luckily, we restrained the fire though three buildings were already damaged," he said.
Lorono estimated the damage at P1 million.
Firefighters from the Graphics Fire Brigade, Chinese Chamber of Commerce Fire Brigade, Gaisano Fire Brigade, Cagayan de Oro Volunteers Fire Brigade and the city fire department had helped in putting off the fire.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 13, 2011.