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Fire razes UST building

A fourth-alarm fire blazed a the St. Raymund de Peñafort building in UST.

MANILA, Philippines - A fire that reached fourth alarm hit a building inside the University of Santo Tomas (UST) along Sampaloc, Manila on Sunday night.

Sampaloc Fire Substation confirmed  a fire broke out inside UST which was later on identified at the St. Raymund de Peñafort Building, known as the AB Commerce building.

The official publication of UST, The Varsitarian reported that the fire started around 8:40 p.m. and reached the fourth alarm around 9:12 p.m.

The fire department arrived and declared the fire under control around 9:45 p.m. It then declared that the building was cleared around 10 p.m.

The UST Central Student Council reported that three classrooms on the fourth floor were affected by the fire.

Authorities have yet to confirm the cause of fire. Tomasino Web, the official online publication of UST, cited volunteers as saying the flames may have started from the ongoing renovation work.

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"The fire has been completely extinguished, and the cause is currently being determined," UST said in an official statement posted online.

Meanwhile, UST expressed its gratitude to the firefighters who responded at the site of the incident.

"UST thanks the responders from the Bureau of Fire Protection, as well as the volunteers," UST said.

STATEMENT ON THE FIRE AT ST. RAYMUND DE PENAFORT BUILDINGA fire broke out in the UST St. Raymund de Peñafort...

Posted by University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, July 5, 2015


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