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4 minors among 9 killed in Pasay Maricaban blaze

Nine persons, four of them minors, died when a fire of still unknown origin gutted a house in Pasay City early Thursday morning.

Southern Police District spokesperson Jenny Tecson identified the fatalities as Julius Wablas, 39; Rhea Wablas, 40; Julie Wablas, 46; Michael Calma, 44, and Mark Joseph Calma, 23.

The four other fatalities who are minors were John Clark Calma, 17; Andrew James Calma, 11; Nichole Wablas, 9, and the three-year-old Jurick Andrea Wablas.

All the victims died on the spot, the police said.

Pasay City-Bureau of Fire Protection officials said the fire broke out at House No. 336 Almazor Street in  Barangay 185 Maricaban around 2 am and was declared fire out at 3:14 am.

They said the two families (Wablas and Calma) who occupy the house owned by Julius Wablas, one of the fatalities, were trapped when the fire broke out.

Responding firemen said they had difficulty entering the area as the streets in the barangay were narrow.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire but there were reports that an unattended and unplugged computer gadget may have cause the blaze.

Bureau of Fire Protection officials said most of the fires happened due to faulty electrical lines, unattended gas lamps and cooking stoves and overheating appliances.

The government urged the community, schools, and business establishments to practice fire safety precautions to avoid the detrimental effects of fire accidents. 

Topics: Pasay City , Southern Police District , Jenny Tecson , Bureau of Fire Protection
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