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

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 11:51 AM

A personnel of the Bureau of Fire Protection documents the charred remains of 4-year-old
Alexander Jumalo
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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.

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Haiti protests turn deadly

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 February 2019 10:13 AM

Vehicle on fire in the middle of a street in Port-au-Prince. Haiti on February 12, 2019 | Reuters

A man was shot during violent protests in Port-au-Prince on Tuesday (February 12) as Haitians continue to demonstrate against the state of the economy and corruption.

In graphic images, a man can be seen lying on the ground surrounded by other protesters after having been shot.

Protesters also set fire to a vehicle, while other people looted a store in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

The protests come amidst public anger over suspected corruption and allegations of embezzlement of funds of Petrocaribe, a Venezuela-sponsored oil programme.

At the backdrop of the protests is a local economy that is stagnating, a falling currency and soaring inflation. Protesters are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise. — Reuters

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At least 26 killed after bus collides with truck and catches fire in southwestern Pakistan

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 09:30 AM

Bus and truck on fire in Lasbela, Pakistan on January 21, 2019 | Reuters

 At least 26 people were killed and 14 injured after a bus collided with a truck and caught on fire in southwestern Pakistan late on Monday (January 21), local media and rescue officials said.

The bus, which was travelling from the southern city of Karachi to Panjgur, crashed in Baluchistan province’s Lasbela district.

Mohammad Azhar, rescue official from Edhi Rescue told Reuters 26 bodies had been recovered from the vehicle, many of which were badly burnt and beyond recognition.

Azhar said there were 40 people on board the bus, including the driver. Nine of the injured were moved to Lasbela hospital and five to a hospital in Karachi. — Reuters

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3 injured, hundreds displaced in weekend fires

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 7 January 2019 02:05 PM

MANILA, Philippines — Two fire incidents occurred in Metro Manila over the weekend.

A food stall caught fire last night at Brgy. 10, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, injuring three employees with second-degree burns as it spread to two more stalls.

The victims were identified as food stall manager, Jerrt Orpila, 33; cook, Jay Vebuz delos  Santos, 58 and cashier, Annaliza Sevilla, 37.

Based on the investigation of the Pasay  City – Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the cook smelled gas before the explosion. 

“May naamoy siyang parang leak daw po ng LPG (liquefied petroleum gas). Nakita niyang umapoy at nag-explode na po,” said BFP officer Keenan Dubaldo.

Pasay-BFP is still looking into the cause of the fire and if there is negligence on the part of the establishment.

Last Saturday, a fire also occurred in Brgy. Manressa in Quezon City at around 11:00 p.m.

BFP pointed to illegal electric connection as the cause of fire.

Four hundred thirty-six (436) residents were affected by the incident and are temporarily residing at the covered court of the barangay.

Department of Social Welfare and Development officer Lorlyn Sorita assured that the displaced residents are receiving adequate assistance. 

“Meron naman tayo provided na assistance na ibinibigay namin three times a day na food. Meron breakfast, lunch at saka dinner. Maliban doon sa ibinibigay ng mga politician ng local, may provision naman ng food,” said Sorita.

“Pangatlong sunog na namin to. Wala kapag ano na lang inaayos yung bahay lilipat na kami ulit kapag naayos na mga isang buwan kapag naayos na yung bahay,” said Genesis Pidlaoan, a resident.

 “Ay mahirap po kasi nung nasunugan din kami naubos yung bahay namin. Nasa kalye kami nakatira ngayon sa kanto ng Dagot St,” said Herminihilda Corpuz, another resident.

Residents are currently suffering from insufficient water supply and lack of proper toilet facilities. — Gerry Galicia | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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