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Valenzuela fire investigation findings out in 2 weeks – Mar Roxas

The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Bureau of Fire Protection will release their findings on the Valenzuela City factory fire, in which 72 people were killed, in two weeks, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said on Friday.

Roxas, who was in Leyte to inspect Yolanda rehabilitation projects, said the investigation would try to find out how survivors were able to escape the blaze, while the fatalities were trapped in the second floor. “Bakit sila hindi nakalbas gayong tatlo ang hagdanan - isa nasa exterior, dalawa ang nasa loob?" asked the secretary.

The investigation would also find out if the grills and wires on the second floor windows had prevented the victims from escaping the fire.

Furthermore, Roxas wanted to know if any of the workers who died had fled to the second floor because they could no longer stand the the heat on the ground floor.

The fire, the deadliest in years, had raised questions on whether the factory had properly implemented fire codes, and whether alleged labor code violations were a factor in the deaths.

Meanwhile, the DILG secretary admitted that DNA-testing on the victims and their families would take time. “Maaring matagalan ang paglalabas ng DNA matching dahil [72] na labi ang ima-match ang bawat isa," said Roxas. — DVM, GMA News