Fire destroys convent in Manila

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Holy Face Sisters inspecting the damage of their Mother House (CBCPNews)

MANILA, June 30, 2015–A pre-dawn fire engulfed the old convent building of the Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus (HFJ) on Hidalgo Street in Quiapo, Manila on Tuesday.

The blaze broke out at around 2:00am and was halted shortly before 5:00 AM by local fire brigades.

No one was injured in the fire.

Investigators are continuing to piece together what caused the fire which destroyed the interior of the HFJ’s Generalate house.

Household items, memorabilia, and documents were destroyed in the fire including important records about the congregation’s foundress, Mother Mary Therese Vicente.

The other buildings inside the compound including the chapel, however, were spared. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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