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3 Children Killed, 2 Siblings Injured in Fire in Maasin, Iloilo

Fire in Iloilo

A tragic fire, potentially sparked by the outdoor burning of grass and trash to drive away mosquitoes, claimed the lives of three children and injured two of their siblings in Maasin town, Province of Iloilo. The incident occurred on the night of July 3, 2024.

Details of the Fire in Iloilo

According to GMA Regional TV News, during an interview, FO2 Remegio Peloquero Jr., an arson investigator with the Maasin Fire Station, attributed the devastating blaze to the fire being left unattended. The burning house’s location in Sitio Araw-awon, Barangay Dalusan, delayed the response time. It is over 10 kilometers from the Maasin Fire Station.

“The house was about 400 meters from the paved road,” Peloquero noted, adding that the distance and the lack of a nearby water source posed significant challenges in battling the fire.

Victims and Casualties

Tragically, the fire resulted in the deaths of three children:

  • A five-year-old girl
  • A four-year-old boy, both of whom were differently abled
  • A 16-month-old girl

Two other siblings were hospitalized with multiple burns:

  • A 12-year-old girl
  • An eight-year-old girl

The five siblings were alone in the house when the fire broke out, as their parents were attending a funeral vigil. Additionally, flames quickly engulfed the house, which was made of light materials.

The heartbreaking loss has deeply affected the community. Moreover, the incident underscores the dangers of leaving fires unattended. It highlights the challenges faced by rural fire services in responding to emergencies quickly.

Furthermore, authorities are continuing to investigate the fire. They urge residents to exercise extreme caution when handling open flames, especially in areas with limited access to firefighting resources.

Read Also: 60-Year-Old Woman Dies in Davao City Fire

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