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Trapped in fire

  • Two minors killed as flames engulf house


 A FIRE claimed the lives of two teens who were trapped inside their house in Purok Kaunlaran, Barangay Saloy, Calinan District, around 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8.

Captain Hazel Tuazon, spokesperson of the Davao City Police Office (DCPO), identified the victims as Lex Antiga Romero, 14, and Loygie Antiga Romero, 13.

According to the report, Sergio Camello Juarez, the 48-year-old neighbor, noticed the flames and smoke from the victims’ house and promptly called for help. 

However, no other neighbors were around during the incident.

The house, constructed with light materials, was completely engulfed by the fire in minutes, trapping the two minors inside. 

According to Bureau of Fire and Protection XI investigator FO3 Jason Iguana, the fire was brought under control around 7 p.m.

Investigators could not determine the cause of the fire yet, but they placed the damage at P55,000.

8 houses burn

Meanwhile, two individuals sustained injuries after another fire engulfed eight houses in Sunflower Street, Sabroso, Bucana, Barangay 76-A, at 11 a.m. on Jan. 8.

Seven of the eight were totally damaged, the BFP XI said. 

According to the Ecoland Police Station, the fire started at the house of Alfredo Hingpit Diongco, 45, and quickly spread to nearby structures.

Lorype Tansiongco, 31, suffered first-degree burns on the left side of his arm, and John Europa, 42, also sustained burn injuries. The victims were taken to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

The fire department is still determining the damage including the cause of the fire.



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