Chem Pav reignites; still no classes at A.S. tomorrow (UPDATED)

According to UPDP OIC Maj. Bernie V. Baltazar, administration officials requested that a fire truck be placed on standby tonight at the Pavilions in case of a possible re-ignition.

CMC Rep. Cornel confirmed via SMS that classes at A.S., Chemistry, and Physics Pavilions will remain suspended pending a safety assessment of the area.

BURNED OUT. Housing the Institute of Chemistry, a midnight fire razes the second floor of the Chemistry Pavilion. There were no fatalities or injuries. (Rae Ann Ducut)

By Franz Jonathan de la Fuente

Classes being held at Palma Hall (A.S.) have yet to resume after Chancellor Sergio Cao extended today’s temporary class suspension to tomorrow as the Chemistry Pavilion briefly reignited this afternoon.

Mass Communication Rep. Nigel Patrick Cornel confirmed in a text message today that classes at A.S. and the adjoining Chemistry and Physics Pavilions will remain suspended pending a safety assessment of the area.

Initial investigations from the Quezon City Bureau of Fire Protection have not yielded any cause for the fire. There were no injuries or fatalities.

A fifth-alarm fire hit the Chemistry Pavilion 11 p.m. last night only two days after the academic year began, later spreading to the adjacent Physics Pavilion. The U.P. Institute of Chemistry is housed at the Chemistry Pavilion.

The nearby Biology Pavilion, although not affected, was similarly closed.

Chemistry classes have been suspended until Friday next week, June 18. Further announcements regarding class resumption will be made before Tuesday.

Second blaze

The Q.C. BFP and other volunteer firefighters returned to the Chemistry Pavilion 3  p.m. today after a portion of the building was reported to have reignited.

According to UP Diliman Police officer-in-charge Maj. Bernie V. Baltazar, administration officials requested that a Q.C. BFP  fire truck be placed on standby tonight at the Pavilions in case of a possible re-ignition.

The 3 p.m. fire was put out within 2 hours. A section of Quirino Avenue was closed to traffic to allow MERALCO maintenance staff to inspect the power lines fronting the Pavilions.

Passers-by were asked to stay away from the Pavilions due to the toxic fumes from the chemistry laboratories; those who had to enter to retrieve items donned protective gear for the face and body.

Author: Franz Jonathan G. de la Fuente (TNP)

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  • Anya Lagrosa

    Hi, would you know if the Bio pavilion is included in the suspension? Only Palma Hall, the main building of AS, and the Physics and Chemistry pavilions are mentioned in the article. What about the Bio pavilion?

    • Thank you Anya for your clarification.

      Pavilions 1 to 4 have been closed today and tomorrow for assessment, and this includes the Biology Pavilion. We have updated the article to reflect this.

  • Lauren

    Thank you for your up-to-the-minute coverage! ^-^ Are graduate classes in A.S. suspended even today (Saturday, June 12), then? I hope to hear from you soon!

  • You’re welcome, Lauren. Yes, all Chemistry classes have been suspended until Friday, next week. Stay tuned for further updates.