Vital COA, government documents burned as fire razed old Butuan City Hall
by Ben Serrano
February 5, 2011
BUTUAN CITY (PNA) -Fire razes down old Butuan City Hall building early morning yesterday burning vital government documents after several offices of national government agencies like Commission on Audit (COA), the City COMELEC, the Professional Regulation Commission Butuan office and others were also included in the blaze.
The City DILG office was also razed down by fire.
Some low lying areas of Butuan City suffered from flooding forcing thousands to flee homes on Thursday. The fire happened when some of the Butuan evacuees from affected are still suffering from calamity.
Offices of the Butuan City Council and the Vice Mayor’s Office were also burned.
But City Councilor Anthony Ryan Culima and Butuan City Vice Mayor Lawrence Fortun claimed they were able to save documents from said offices after the building were their respective offices are located were destroyed by fire.
On the other hand, vital Commission on Audit official documents in the past and present administrations were burned as a result of the also three hours fire.
Butuan City’s Land Transportation Traffic Management Office (LTTMO) which is located inside old Butuan City Hall compound was also destroyed by fire.
The office is mandated to regulate traffic and street order in the city
Butuan City Fire Department report claimed the fire started early morning dawn 4 a.m. Friday and was finally put under control past 6 a.m.
The fire department initially placed the damaged at P20-M more or less.
Local Bureau of Fire Protection office said they are still investigating the cause of but hinted faulty wiring as the cause of the blaze.(PNA/Ben Serrano)
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