MANILA — Late on Sunday night, the historic Manila Post Office in Manila fell victim to a massive fire. The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) reported that the blaze initially reached the first alarm at 11:41 p.m. on Sunday and escalated to a general alarm just before 6 a.m. on Monday.
According to Fire Superintendent Christine Doctor-Cula of the Manila Fire Department, the fire was brought under control by 7:22 a.m., as stated in a Facebook post. Following the incident, Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan and the Manila city government have initiated discussions with the Philippine Post (PHLPost) Office, represented by Postmaster General Luis Carlos, to determine how the city can assist in the restoration efforts for this national heritage site.
Meanwhile, the PHLPost has instructed neighboring branches in Manila to aid their clients during this challenging time. Postmaster General Carlos expressed deep sorrow over the unfortunate event, which consumed the Post Office, a cherished heritage site that attracted frequent visitors.
“We are profoundly saddened by this unexpected incident. However, we assure the public that all PHLPost branches will continue operating as usual. There are nearby post offices in Manila and other areas of Metro Manila where the public can send their mail and packages,” Carlos stated in a released statement. He also emphasized that they are working closely with the Bureau of Fire Protection to investigate the cause of the fire.
Carlos confirmed that they are actively seeking temporary office space, and their letter carriers will be temporarily based at a nearby post office. The fire reportedly originated in the basement of the building and spread throughout the structure.
Regrettably, a 43-year-old volunteer from the fire brigade sustained injuries during the fire. Authorities are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the devastating blaze. (Amado Inigo/MTVN)