23 May Fire at Historical Manila Post Office
A fire has tore its way through the historic Manila central post office in the centre of Manila in the Philippines.
Smoke coiled into the sky, rising from the historic Manila central post office on the morning of May 22nd 2023.
The building fire thankfully took no lives, but injured seven people, most of whom were firefighters. So far, all of the injuries taken are expected to be minor. The cause of the fire has yet to be revealed.
It took seven hours and over 80 fire trucks for local firefighters to get the blaze under control.
The building itself was nearly 100 years old, a neo-classical landmark of the Philippine capital.
The Manila Central Post Office was one of the busiest buildings in the capital, however was closed at the time of the fire starting. The building, recognized as a national landmark, was built in 1926 in an intentionally classical style, however, was severely damaged in World War II and was rebuilt in 1946.
Locals in the area are curious as to when restoration efforts can begin on the building, with the region expecting delays to its postal service as a result of the fire. Post Office operations are to be relocated to other offices nearby.