Fire razes Sto. Niño Church in Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 10) — A fire gutted the Sto. Niño de Pandacan Parish in Manila on Friday afternoon.

The blaze, which started at the back side of the church at around 1:07 p.m, reached the third of an 11-level fire alarm system some 15 minutes later. That means up to 10 fire trucks were dispatched to fight the blaze.

The fire caused extensive damage to the church's interior. Part of the roof of the decades-old parish also collapsed, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The fire was put under control at around 1:36 p.m. It was declared out past 2:00 p.m.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the blaze as of this writing.