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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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Haiti protests turn deadly

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

by admin   |   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
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.

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

by admin   |   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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