Fire destroys Maguindanao school building

By Edwin Fernandez

INTENSE HEAT. Civilians near the school tried to salvage valuables from the burning school building in Barangay Sarmiento, Parang, Maguindanao on Tuesday night (May 25, 2021). The building was a donation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. (Photo courtesy of Parang MPS)

PARANG, Maguindanao: Arson investigators are determining whether the fire that gutted a five-room school building here was intentional or not.

“We are still gathering pieces of evidence, our probers are still at the site,” Fire Senior Inspector Ronald Ampang, speaking for the Bureau of Fire Protection-Bangsamoro Region in Muslim Mindanao, said on Wednesday.

The fire struck at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in one of the buildings of the Amir Barra National High School in Barangay Sarmiento.

Local fire officials estimated the damage at PHP450,000.

Arson investigators believed that an unattended electric fan, which was left plugged in, was the cause of the blaze.

Fire trucks from this town and nearby Sultan Kudarat town put off the fire and prevented it from spreading to other school buildings.

Also damaged were books, classroom tables, and chairs.

The school building was built through the funds from Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Philippine News Agency

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