Fire guts Lantapan school rooms; damage placed at P5M

Among those gutted were six classrooms, a school office, and the storage room.

Bonbon estimated fire damage to have reached P5 million.

The fire broke at around 4p.m., he said, and was controlled 35 minutes after.

Bendee Nancy Rojas, a Grade 5 teacher, said only she was able to save things from the damaged classrooms.

Bonbon said witnesses who refused to file an affidavit said that minutes before the fire they saw children roasting anagon (young corn ears) near the storage room.

The school owns the corn farm behind it, Bonbon said.

He noted the school did not post a watchman Saturday.

He said a big lesson that neighbors should learn is to mind what children are doing, especially when they play with fire nearby.

“We should stop them right away and should not wait for somebody else. When things catch fire, it is already difficult to stop,” he said.

Bonbon said just because the BFP’s Fire Prevention Month is over should not mean vigilance should also stop. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)