Fire guts old Baguio cinema
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.
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.