Navotas fire death toll climbs to 12

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — The death toll in a fire that hit a residential area in Navotas City has reached to 12, a senior government official said today.

Benito Ramos, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said that the fire that occurred at around 11:08 p.m. Saturday left around 300 families homeless in the city’s San Roque village.

Those who died were identified as Harvy Agarin, Jessie James Agarin, William Agarin, Jennifer Agarin, Gerald Salonga, Natalia Salonga, Angela Salonga, George Milagroso, Jeric Tambor, Gerald Blancaflor, Carlito Blancaflor and Remedio Ortillana.

“The fire reached up to alarm level TF Alpha and was under control at around 2 a.m. (Sunday). It was declared fire-out at 4: 45 a.m.,” said Ramos.

Arson investigators estimated the damage to property at around P5,000,000. -philstar.com

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