Angry janitor claims responsibility for setting San Carlos school on fire 

The fire in San Carlos City on Friday.*San Calos DRRMO photo 

An angry janitor   claimed responsibility for setting a school on fire, which spread to the houses of Mayor Renato Gustilo and his grandfather at Ylagan Street in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Friday afternoon, the police said on Sunday, June 16. 

Destroyed in the fire was Daisy’s ABC School, and the two houses in an adjacent compound owned by the San Carlos mayor’s family. 

The 58-year-old janitor said he was angry because he was informed that he would be laid off from Daisy’s ABC School  effective June 15 so he decided to burn it, PLt. Col. Nazer Canja, San Carlos police chief, said Sunday. 

The janitor, identified only as “alias Rec”, said he bought a gallon of gasoline that he placed beside a lighted candle in the school stockroom to set off the fire, Canja added. 

He only intended to burn the school, and not the house of the mayor, the janitor said. 

Canja said the janitor turned himself in on Saturday, June 15. 

The janitor allegedly was terminated from his job for failing to do his tasks and for smelling of liquor and smoking in the school premises. 

Mayor Gustilo said he was informed that the janitor had been drinking alcohol and planned to burn only the school. 

The mayor said he was told that when his house was destroyed by the fire the janitor was conscience stricken and confessed. 

Gustilo and his family are now temporarily living in the house of his sister.* 

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