Christmas morning fire hits historic cathedral in Kalinga

Frank Cimatu
(UPDATED) Hours before the fire, mass during Christmas Eve was already interrupted twice because power conked out inside the Saint Joseph Parish Church in Tabuk City

CHRISTMAS FIRE. The historic Saint Joseph Parish Church catches fire early morning December 25, 2017. Photo courtesy of Dale Buslig Lopez

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – A historic Catholic Church in Tabuk City, Kalinga, was razed by fire early Christmas morning, and only some of the religious statues were saved.

The fire that engulfed Saint Joseph Parish Church in Barangay Central Dagupan started at 2 am, and was put out two hours later. 

According to the police, mass during Christmas Eve was interrupted twice because power conked out inside the church.

Police said that no one was injured during the fire. 

The masses would have to be held at the covered court beside the church. 

AFTER MASS. File photo of Tabuk City's Saint Joseph Parish Church, which was hit by fire a few hours after Christmas Eve mass in 2017.

Saint Joseph Paris Church was transferred in 1931 from Naneng village, also in Tabuk, to its present location. Its first parish priest was Father Leon Linderman, whose tomb was built beside the razed church. – Rappler.com

Image of Saint Joseph Parish Church Tabuk from Google