One dead in fire that razed ancestral home near Calle Crisologo in Vigan

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CNN Philippines (February 26) – A man was killed in a fire that hit an ancestral home in the historic city of Vigan, Ilocos Sur, on Wednesday morning, the city's fire station confirmed.

Authorities said the victim was a resident of the ancestral home located at the corner of Plaridel and General Luna streets, just a block away from Calle Crisologo, a well-known heritage strip due to rows of restored 16th century houses.

The old house was not totally gutted, while two nearby houses made of concrete were slightly damaged, they added.

"Another house got caught up but its not totally burned down," Benedict Ramirez told CNN Philippines on Wednesday,

Vigan City Fire Station investigators are still identifying the cause of the incident and assessing the damage from the hour-long fire,

In 1999, Vigan was listed as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site for being the “best preserved example of Spanish colonial towns in Asia.”