Saturday, December 23, 2017

37 feared dead in Davao City mall blaze – Paolo Duterte


Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed a shopping mall in Davao City, local Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte said on Sunday.

A Bureau of Fire Protection commander at the scene said the chances of the 37 surviving were "zero", Duterte, who is also the president's son, wrote in a Facebook post.


Let us pray for them.
Awhile ago, the ground commander of BFP already announced that their chances of survival is zero.
List of Missing Persons re NCCC Fire (updated)
1. Jessica Solis
2. Gantioco Celestial Jr
3. Ian Kiem Adlawan
4. Regine Generales
5. Christen Joy Garzon
6. Apple Jane Celades
7. Iana Apalacio
8. Jonas Basalan
9. Jim Benedict Quimsing
10. Kurtchin Angela Bangoy
11. Mary Joy Daluro
12. Randy Balcao
13. Rosyl Montanez
14. Missy Rose Artiaga
15. Analiza Penarejo
16. Christine Joy Ferraren
17. Ivan Roble
18. Christine Alviola
19. Alexandra Moreno Castillo
20. Hongijangjian- family not interviewed
21. Desiree Gayle Zacarias
22. Jesseca Samontina
23. Mary Louielyn Bongcayao
24. Nancy Loyd Abad
25. Jeffrey Sismar
26. Johani Matundo
27. Joyne Pabelonia
28. Elyn Joy Yorsua
29. Shiela Mae Bacaling
30. Mark Entera - family not interviewed
31. Charlyn Liwaya
32. Mikko Demafeliz
33. Roderick Antipuesto
34. Rhenzi Nova Muyco
35. Roderick Constantinopla
36. Venus Joy Kimpo
37. Janine Joy Obo

The blaze started at the 4-story NCCC Mall on Saturday morning and people were trapped inside, including in a call center on the top floor, Ralph Canoy, a police officer in the district, told AFP.

Canoy said the fire was still going before dawn on Sunday morning.

"The fire started on the third floor, which houses products like fabrics, wooden furniture and plastic ware, so the fire quickly spread and it's taking a long time to put out," he said.

He said investigators believed some of those likely killed had been trapped in the call center, which operated 24 hours a day.

"It's possible that while they were working, they did not immediately notice the fire spreading," Canoy said of the call center workers.

President Rodrigo Duterte, who served as Davao mayor for about 2 decades and continues to live in the city, visited the mall on Saturday night to comfort relatives of the victims, one of his aides told AFP.

Davao, about 1,000 kms south of capital Manila, is the biggest city in southern Philippines.

Source: GMA and ABS-CBN

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