Monday, January 15, 2007

Fire Strikes SC Session Hall

Fire broke out at the Supreme Court Session Hall at around 4 p.m. today.

Chief Justice Reynato Puno was holding a meeting at the adjacent en banc session hall and immediately went out of the building.

"Somebody saw a smoke go out," Puno said.

Acting Supreme Court Spokesman Atty. Jose Midas Marquez who was with Puno at that time said he heard some people running.

"I went out to find out what was going on and after discovering that there was fire, we decided to go out," he said.

Other justices of the Court were seen outside the compound. They were also inside the Court when the fire struck.

Fire investigators theorized that the cause was faulty electrical wiring.

Fire ate up the curtains of the hall behind where the justices sit and damaged the court's seal. No one was reported hurt.

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