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Three children die, 6 hurt in Pasay City fire

March 4, 2012 7:26am

Tags: Pasay City
At least three children died while six people were injured in a fire hit a residential area in Pasay City shortly before midnight Saturday.

Some 100 families were rendered homeless and were brought to the Pasay City Sports Complex, according to a report by radio dzBB's Rodil Vega early Sunday.

City fire marshal Chief Inspector Douglas Guiyab said the fire started at 11:30 p.m. Saturday and reached the fourth alarm before it was put out at 2:50 a.m.

He initially identified the fatalities as cousins John Jason Alberca, 2; John Angelo Alberca, 2; and Chris Alberca, 3.

Fire officials had repeatedly reminded the public to take precautions against fires especially now that summer has arrived. March is considered Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines.

An initial investigation showed the fire started at a residential area at F.B. Harrison Street and spread to at least 30 houses.

The fire spread quickly because many of the houses were made of light materials.

Arson investigators theorized the fire may have started from a candle left unattended as there was no power in the area at the time.

The dzBB report said Janice, the mother of one of the fatalities, went out of the house for a while to buy medicine. The children were sleeping at the time.

When Janice returned, she saw the house was already in flames.

Of the six injured, one was a four-year-old who suffered first-degree burns.

Traffic in some areas in Pasay City was also snarled as parts of roads between Libertad and Buendia were closed while the fire was in progress.

Meanwhile, a fire of undetermined origin hit a residential area in Valenzuela City before dawn Sunday.

The fire started at 24th Street in Fortune 7 in Parada village in Valenzuela City at 2:13 a.m. and reached the second alarm. It was placed under control after 30 minutes. — LBG, GMA News

Tags: Pasay City

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