ADZU suffers P5M loss in Thursday fire PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2016 13:18

By DAN TORIBIO JR.

One of the oldest and respected schools in the region, Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), suffered some P5 million loss in a fire that destroyed at least four buildings in its La Purisima campus Thursday morning.

Among the structures razed in the fire that broke out around 7:30 a.m. was the old Brebeuf gym where flames first built up after an explosion reportedly from an LPG tank ina cafeteria. The new building that housed the College of Law and the grade school edifice were also destroyed in the blaze.

Three persons were injured in the incident, including a fireman and a city government employee.  Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, city disaster risk reduction and management chief,  said one of his emergency personnel suffered a broken leg caused by a falling wood. He estimated the damage at P5 million.

Fire Marshall Chief Insp. Clint Cha said that his office received a fire call around 7:30 a.m. . When they arrived at the ADZU campus, flames roared at the old wooden gymnasium.

The school authorities ordered the students to get out of the campus and classes were suspended.

Firefighters doused water on other buildings in the campus to protect them from the hizzing flames.

Water tankers from Aleson Shipping, KCC Mall, ZCWD  and the Universidad de Zamboanga helped firemen fight and control the fire.

“I cannot tell you the cause or extent of damage because our men are still on the ground investigating,” he told reporters.— Dan Toribio