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
Davao tops cities with most number of rape cases in Q2
Crime rate in the Philippines may have gone down by 20 percent in two years that President Rodrigo Duterte has been in office, but his hometown Davao City recorded the highest number of rape cases in the second quarter of 2018.
Based on the records of PNP Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management (DIDM), Davao tops the list with 42 cases.
A close second is Quezon City with 41 cases followed by Manila with 32, Cagayan de Oro, 24 and Zamboanga with 21 cases.
PNP spokesperson PSSupt. Benigno Durana suggested that LGUs should look into possible causes for the high incidence of rape in their respective areas and to note where the crime occurred.
He added that the number of rape cases committed outside the home has actually gone down.
“You cannot police the dwellings… usually, rape cases are being committed by people who are actually known to the victim,” Durana said.
In such cases, police intervention is not the solution. What may help, he said, are gender sensitivity and family values that promote respect for women. — Lea Ylagan | UNTV News & Rescue
Fire at Taiwan hospital kills 9, injures 15
Burning hospital building in Taiwan | Reuters
A fire at a government-run hospital in Taiwan’s New Taipei City killed nine people on Monday (August 13) and injured 15, authorities said.
An investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, which broke out on the 7th floor of the building used for hospice care and was extinguished shortly after dawn, authorities added.
New Taipei fire department chief Huang Te-ching said 43 people, including patients and hospital staff, were evacuated after the fire started. Twenty-three people were rushed to other hospitals.
Local media footage showed firefighters battling the flames from a crane, as staff rushed patients on hospital beds into the street or into ambulances destined for other hospitals. — Reuters
Fire tornado develops from blaze in English village
A fire whirl developing from blaze (Screenshot from Reuters video)
English firefighters were met with a fire tornado on Tuesday (August 7) as they tackled a large blaze in the village of Woodville.
Video uploaded by the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service showed the fire tornado, also known as a fire whirl, stretching into the sky from a large plastic pallets blaze.
Fire tornados, which are uncommon in the UK, are caused by thermal currents of warm air rising from the ground, drawing in fire and ash, the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said. — Reuters