Fire guts old Baguio cin­ema

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

FIRE in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still con­duct­ing thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the cause of fire which al­most gut­ted the for­mer Pines The­atre along Ses­sion Road Mon­day evening.

Ac­cord­ing to Joy Ba­day Jaramel, a se­cu­rity guard of the Pines North­field build­ing claimed the fire started at around 7:00 PM while he was about to close one of the win­dows of the build­ing when the fire broke out.

The in­ci­dent lasted for two hours be­fore it was de­clared fire out by per­son­nel of Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion while dam­ages are still be­ing as­sessed by au­thor­i­ties.

The for­mer Pines The­atre was one of the first movie houses made dur­ing the Com­mon­wealth pe­riod which was re­named Pines Ar­cade and was con­verted into gar­ments stalls, gad­get shops, and a food court.

Built in the 1930s, the cin­ema sur­vived the car­pet bomb­ing dur­ing World War II Fire of­fi­cials had to cut off the power and di­vert traf­fic along down­town Baguio while can­celling op­er­a­tions of the night mar­ket to give way to fire trucks and fire re­lated ve­hi­cles which would have to pass through Har­ri­son road.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

QUICK RE­SPONSE. Baguio City Fire De­part­ment tames the fire which gut­ted the art deco de­signed movie house Pines Theather. The fire was con­trolled af­ter two hours.

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