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Senior Citizen Killed in Manila Building Fire

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An 87-year-old bedridden woman died in a fire that engulfed a building in Manila on Sunday morning, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

According to the report of ABS-CBN News, the BFP identified the victim as the mother of the building’s owner. Her body was discovered in a room after the fire was extinguished.

“Possible po na na-trap siya sa loob ng kwarto kasi malaki na ‘yung apoy sa mismong lugar,” said Inspector Charles Bacoco, station commander of the Malacañang Fire Station.

Fire Details

The blaze started around 9:32 a.m. in a commercial building on Guerrero Street in Manila’s Ermita district. It quickly spread, prompting officials to raise the alarm level to two. Firefighters were able to declare the flame out by 11:07 a.m., but the damage had already been done.

“Nagsimula po ‘yung sunog sa 2-storey [na bahay] tapos tinaas sa second alarm kasi nadamay ‘yung katabing building. Kailangan natin ng mas maraming fire truck,” Bacoco explained.

Authorities have not yet determined the exact cause of the flame, but Barangay Kagawad Joseph Magbutay suggested that it may have started from a “naka-charge na cellphone at saka tablet.”

The BFP estimated the total damage caused by the flame at P900,000. Two firefighters and one civilian sustained injuries during the incident.

Another Fire Incident

In a separate incident, two people were injured when a flame broke out in Barangay Sta. Ana, Taguig early Sunday morning. The fire started around 3:30 a.m. and was declared out by 4:20 a.m.

“Pagdating po namin napakalas na ng apoy. May mga materials na combustible kung saan ‘yon nga, naglagablab ng apoy,” said Senior Inspector Demetrio Sablan Jr., chief of operations at BFP-Taguig.

The BFP said at least seven families were affected by the Taguig fire, which is suspected to have originated from an appliance in a vegetable store.

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