Two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) were killed in a blaze that struck their construction site in Saudi Arabia early Sunday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement released Monday.
The victims were identified as Jessie Alata Pacetes and Reynaldo Barroga Castro, both heavy equipment drivers and operators employed by a major Saudi construction company that was working on a road project in Najran.
Consul General Edgar Badajos said the two victims died in their sleeping quarters at their jobsite located some 60 kilometers from Najran.
The Department of Foreign Affairs expressed its sympathies to the families of the victims.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of our two kababayan who lost their lives in the tragedy,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said after he was informed of the incident.
He added that the Philippine Consulate General in Jeddah has sent a team in Najran to work out arrangements with the employer for the immediate repatriation of the remains of the victims and secure whatever benefits that are due them.
Although the fire was believed to have been caused by faulty electrical wiring, the Philippine Consulate is seeking confirmation from local authorities on the real cause of the fire. — UNTV News & Rescue
Smoke fills this part of SM Megamall as fire engulfs a portion of the construction site at Building B. (Chuck Aguilar)
A fire erupted at the construction site outside SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City on Thursday night, June 28.
At around 7:47pm the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)reported that the blaze already reached the third alarm.
Edsa Shaw service road was temporarily closed to traffic to prioritize fire trucks and rescue vehicles.
Based on initial investigation, Mandaluyong City police chief PSSupt. Moises Villaceran said, minor explosions were heard at the workers’ barracks in the basement where the fire is believed to have started.
According to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) the fire was declared under control at 11:25 pm.
There are no reports of casualties or injuries. — UNTV News & Rescue
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