The fire started around 11:45 p.m. local time, according to the Fire Protection Bureau, and the situation was raised to the highest fire alert level. The fire was contained around 7 am, leaving a charred roof and upper levels of the building, according to CNN. His cause is being established.
Photographs and video footage show flames and thick smoke billowing from the windows of the neoclassical building, known for its majestic ornate columned entrance. The building is located in the historic center of the city of Manila, close to other tourist attractions along the Pasig River that runs through the capital.
The post office was built in 1926. It was badly damaged during World War II, but was rebuilt in 1946, keeping most of its original building. It was declared a “Significant Cultural Property” in 2018, meaning the country’s oldest post office had “outstanding cultural, artistic, and historical significance to the Philippines.” The building currently houses the Philippine Postal Corporation, the government postal service that handles everything from regular mail, packages to special stamp collections.