The small chapel of San Vicente Ferrer in Pitalo, San Fernando, Cebu was gutted by fire before 5PM last 3 May. News reports indicated that a cancer surivor bought P5,000 worth of candles to offer as thanksgiving, although warned not to light it simultaneously, just didn’t follow and proceeded to light all the candles.
The area where devotees offer candles and prayers is found at the back of the chapel and it was where the fire started that damaged the roof, the presbytery, side of the presbytery including heritage paintings on the ceiling, the kumbento (parochial house) and several houses at the back.
Responding fire fighters were able to control the fire and the rest of the chapel was spared. I visited this last 9 May and photographed around. The Pitalo Chapel, based on the inscribed years was built in several stages. The facade was completed in 1925, the belfry in 1931 and the back in 1939. It is under the jurisdiction of the parish church at the Poblacion (town center) of the town.