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Fire hits Colegio de Sta. Rita San Carlos City in Negros Occidental
Fire hits Colegio de Sta. Rita San Carlos City in Negros Occidental
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Fire hits Colegio de Sta. Rita San Carlos City in Negros Occidental
by Christhel Cuazon15 August 2023
Photo courtesy: Sancarloscity DRRMO Facebook page

A fire hit Colegio de Sta. Rita (CSR) in San Carlos City in Negros Occidental Monday night.

"Seeing this iconic building ablaze saddens me so much, just like all of us. It has long been the city's mighty edifice for decades, that resembled as a great institution of quality Christian Education that shaped thousands of lives," San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo said in a statement.

Gustilo was at the area when the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) are working to put the fire under control,

In a Facebook post on Monday, the Augustinian Recollect Student Crusaders - CSR Chapter announced the suspension of classes for Tuesday.

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"Classes will be cancelled tomorrow (Aug. 15, 2023), and please be patient until any further notice is released. In the meantime, we ask you to, at least, dedicate a portion of your time to send your prayers and support to the AR Sisters, faculty and staff, and to each and every one of us," the school official said.

"Through His Grace and the intercession of St. Rita, all will be well in time. We move forward still, Ritarians. With One Mind, One Heart, Onward to the Lord!"

Authorities have yet to disclose the cause of the fire and the amount of damage to properties it made.

The student council also warned the public against the spread of "malicious posts" that has been circulating online. The posts included a photo of a shadowy figure seen in the chapel's window during the fire.

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"It is the statue of St. Rita, which had been located inside the school's chapel for many years already," the student council stated.

"We urge you all to be wary of any misinformation and spread awareness. We do not want our school to be aligned with malice or superstition," it added.

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