Fire that lasted for about one and a half hour razed the ancestral house of Former Agrarian Reform Secretary Philip Juico and Former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Chairperson Margarita Juico in Quezon City on Monday morning.
Quezon City Fire Marshal Supt. Manuel Manuel said, the blaze broke out at the second floor of the house located along Roosevelt Avenue in Barangay Paraiso at around 9 a.m.
Damage to properties was initially estimated at P700,000.
The fire was put out at around 10:30 a.m.
According to Manuel, the Juicos had already sold the house and lot to Jose "Gerry" Acuzar, owner of New San Jose Builders.
The house was built by National Artist Pablo Antonio in 1957.
The fire reached the third alarm.
Firefighters were able to save at least three paintings of National Artist Fernando Amorsolo and 50 other pieces of artworks.