SPECIAL term classes at the Faculty of Arts and Letters (Artlets) and the College of Commerce and Business Administration were moved to two other buildings after the fire that broke out at St. Raymund de Peñafort Building last July 5.

Commerce held classes at the Main Building and Artlets at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes, O.P. Building, amid reconstruction and clean-up operations at St. Raymund’s are being conducted.

The Commerce Dean’s Office was moved temporarily to the second floor of the Tan Yan Kee Students’ Center, while the Artlets Dean’s Office was transferred to the General Education Office at the Main Building.

Reynaldo Marcelino, deputy chief of the Manila Fire Department, said the fire started around 8:40 p.m. The blaze originated from the fourth floor of St. Raymund’s, in Room 405, and spread to rooms 403, 407, and 409.

The fire reached fourth alarm before fire trucks arrived at 9:12 p.m. Authorities declared the fire under control at around 10 p.m.

Authorities said investigation on the cause of the fire was still ongoing. An initial estimate placed the damage at P3 million. Dayanara T. Cudal

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