Philippine orphanage built by people of Bakersfield burns down

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An electrical fire broke out at an orphanage in Angeles City, Philippines that was built almost entirely from funds donated by the people of Bakersfield.

The fire broke out on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Send The Light Orphanage. The fire heavily damaged the second floor of the two story building which housed 44 children. The fire destroyed almost all of their clothes, shoes, beds, bedding, chairs and other furniture. The first floor suffered heavy smoke and water damage.

The land for the orphanage was purchased by Jose Arredondo of Family Motors about eight years ago, and it cost around $160,000 to build. Almost all of the funds to build it were donated by people from Bakersfield.

They are currently taking donations to help get the damage fixed at Christ Cathedral Church in Bakersfield located at 2301 White Lane. 

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