June 19, 2022
Fire Breaks Out at Buddhist Tzu Chi Campus
By Daniel Lazar
During the late morning of June 18th, a fire broke out at the old Tzu Chi building, adjacent to the Eye Center. Thick, black smoke billowed from the building as fire trucks arrived on the scene just after 10am. Thankfully no one was inside the building when the fire started, and fire crews were able to suppress the fire before it spread outside.
Filipino and Chinese fire brigades from nearby barangays, lined up all the way down Sta. Mesa road to help put out the fire, and many trucks were still arriving at 11am. Close to fifty fire trucks were on the scene all around the Tzu Chi Sta. Mesa Campus to fight the fire, with fire volunteers showing the same drive to help as the Tzu Chi Foundation during times of disaster.
While the cause of the fire is as of yet undetermined, the building contained old clothing donated by the public. At the time the fire started, Tzu Chi staff were unloading bath towels donated by a local hotel, and quickly rushed to help firefighters battle the fire. When the fire was under control, Tzu Chi volunteers brought water and refreshments for the firefighters, expressing their heartfelt gratitude.
Similarly, The Tzu Chi Foundation is extremely grateful to the brave men and women of the Filipino and Chinese fire brigades who helped put out the fire. This incredible display of support by local fire department volunteers was a “thank you” to the Tzu Chi Foundation for the help they provided in the past.