Fire razes UP Diliman chemistry labs; some classes suspended

A fire that might have been due to a plugged electrical equipment razed the Chemistry Pavilion of the University of the Philippines Diliman past 11 p.m. on June 9, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

About two hours later, the fire was contained using chemical foam to combat the chemical fumes the fire triggered, Quezon City fire marshall Senior Superintendent Bobby Baruela told GMANews.tv. The Chemistry Pavilion's second floor was damaged but there were no casualties as of posting time.

Baruelo told ABS-CBNNews.com that somebody might have left an electrical equipment plugged at the pavilion which could have caused a chemical reaction. The fire's origin is still under investigation.

Thursday classes at Pavilions 1 to 4 (the Chemistry Pavilion is the second one) and nearby Palma Hall are suspended, according to UP Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs, Dr. Cynthia Grace Gregorio.

The fire was the first to hit the Chemistry Pavilion in recent years, UP College of Science Sec. Evangeline Amor told GMANews.TV. Baruelo said the fire protection agency is checking if the pavilion followed the fire safety requirements. To avoid future fires, Baruelo told ABS-CBNNews.com they asked permission from the UP Diliman management to inspect the university's other buildings.

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