BFP continues retrieval operation to victims of deadly fire in NCCC Mall in Davao City
by admin | Posted on Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:37 AM
MANILA, Philippines — Authorities continue to search for the 36 individuals who died in a fire incident at the New City Commercial Center (NCCC) Mall in Davao City over the weekend.
On Sunday, firemen found the remains of 32-year old Jeffrey Sismar, one of the 37 employees of the SSI call center firm who have been trapped on the fourth floor of the mall while the fire was raging.
Meanwhile, the families of the victims are still waiting at the holding area near the authorities to immediately gather information about their loved ones trapped inside the mall.
One of them is Lilia Chan Balino, who waited the whole day to get information about her missing niece, Nancy Loyd Abad, one of the employees of the call center firm.
“Married siya yung asawa niya tinatawagan niya nag ring raw ang phone isang beses pero yun lang,” said Balino.
(She is married. Her husband had been calling her. Her phone had rung only once and that was it.)
Based on the initial investigation of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the fire broke out on the third floor or the furniture section of the mall at past 3 in the afternoon last Saturday, which immediately eventually reached general alarm.
“When this happened, we were there. When we opened the door, there was smoke. We can no longer see anything. That’s why we closed the door anew. We attempted to exit at the employees entrance. There’s where several people exited. Halfway through the office, we realized that we can no longer pass through. That’s why we returned inside. Then someone gave us instruction to use a wet handkerchief to cover our nose and mouth to prevent suffocation. That’s why we keep on returning to the CR to keep our handkerchiefs wet,” said Jaz Careyas, a survivor SSI agent.
The employees of a call center firm on the fourth floor were not able to make it out.
For now, the BFP continues to investigate the cause of the fire and the number of damages to properties. — Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue
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