4-year-old boy dies trapped inside house fire in QC

admin   •   February 11, 2019   •   1751

A personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection documents the charred remains of 4-year-old
Alexander Jumalo
n | Photo courtesy of Jayve Marigondon

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — A four-year-old boy died in a fire that razed eight houses in Phase 8, Barangay North Fairview, Quezon City at 9:00 p.m. Sunday (February 10).

The victim has been identified as Alexander Jumalon who was left under the care of his older siblings while their mother was away.

Firefighters had a hard time controlling and extinguishing the fire because of the difficulty in maneuvering through narrow paths that lead to the burning houses

The fire had reached second alarm before it was declared out at around 11:00 p.m.

The UNTV News and Rescue Team also arrived at the scene and administered first aid to a victim who sustained burn injuries to the fingers and feet.

Damage left by the deadly blaze is estimated at P80,000.

Amid speculations that a toppled burning candle may have accidentally started the fire, the Bureau of Fire Protection has launched an investigation into the true cause of the fire. — Asher Cadapan Jr.

Several feared dead in fire at Japan animation studio

Robie de Guzman   •   July 18, 2019

A large plume of smoke is seen coming out of the animation studio that caught fire in Kyoto, Japan. | Courtesy: Reuters

Several people are feared dead after a fire at an animation studio in the Japanese city of Kyoto on Thursday (July 18) and police are investigating a possible arson attack, authorities and local media reported.

The fire at the Kyoto Animation studio injured more than 30 people, 10 of them seriously, and one person has been confirmed dead, a spokesman for the Kyoto City Fire Department said.

Several people were confirmed dead at the site, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing police. A Kyoto police spokesman was unable to immediately confirm the report when contacted by Reuters.

Police have taken into custody a man who poured what appeared to be gasoline around the studio, NHK said.

The studio produces the “Sound! Euphonium” series and its “Free! Road to the World – The Dream” movie is due for release this month. (REUTERS)

(Production: Akiko Okamoto, Yiming Woo)

Fire, torrential rain batter Greece, leave 7 dead

Robie de Guzman   •   July 12, 2019

Aircraft putting out fire, ruined stuff, damaged cars & scattered belongings | Courtesy : Reuters

At least five fires have southern Greece alight on Wednesday afternoon due to high temperatures and gale force winds, while at the same time a strong storm hit northern Greece leaving seven people dead, dozens injured and a fisherman missing, as well as losses or damages to properties.

On Wednesday afternoon, at least five fires triggered either by high temperatures or gale force winds swept across the Peloponnese Peninsula, Attica Peninsula, Lamia Bay, and Evia Peninsula.

The disasters were finally controlled before night fell due to the joint efforts of firefighters on the ground and planes in the air.

However, in northern Greece, another extreme weather phenomenon took the baton and threatened people in the north.

The extreme weather caused seven people, six of whom confirmed as tourists from Russia, Czech and Romania on vacation in the country, dead and the unidentified victim is said likely to be a local fisherman. The storm darkened the doorstep of the Chalkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece, and the country’s second largest city Thessaloniki.

“The grill and the iron plate for the barbecue were blown off there. The pavilion there also fell down. The cars were crushed,” said Despoina, a resident in Chalkidiki.

The damages brought by the first freak storm in 30 years was huge, though it only lasted half an hour.

“We have been living here for 25 years, but we have never seen this,” said Despoina.

The power supply in the northern coastal areas and trains running between Thesalloniki and Alexandroupoli, another coastal city in the north, were cut off.

The 22 injured people have been sent to a local hospital, with nine of them suffering fractures to varying degrees. (REUTERS)

Father, daughter die in La Union fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 29, 2019

Personnel from the Bureau of Fire recover the remains of the fire victims

A 6-year-old girl was trapped inside their home after a fire broke out in Barangay Sta. Rita East in Aringay town, La Union on Monday (May 27).

Her father Jeffrey Estoril, 36, rushed inside their home to save her upon realizing his daughter could be trapped .

According to Barangay Sta. Rita East chairman Hilario Domenden, Jeffery was not able to endure the heat.

“Iyong mama niya gusto pumasok doon pero hindi niya kaya kasi talagang malakas na [iyong apoy]. Iyong papa niya alam niya na nandoon iyong anak nila kaya siya ang pumasok doon pero hindi niya nakayanan iyong mainit na apoy kaya pati iyong ama nasunog din, (The mother wanted to rush inside but the fire was too big. [Jeffery] was the one who rushed inside but he was unable to endure the heat),” he said.

Jeffery was unable to locate his daughter. He was rushed to the hospital but was declared dead after sustaining second degree burns.

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) said the fire lasted for two hours and caused P300,000 to P400,000 worth of damage.—(with reports from Toto Fabros)

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