Nine persons died in a fire that damaged a three-storey house in New Manila, Quezon City before dawn Friday, December 11, just a few days before Christmas Day.
Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and Text Fire Philippines (TFP) arson probers identified the fatalities as Paul Gomez, 54; Omar Gomez, 27; Glaiza Gomez, 22; Louie Gomez, 7; Mary Ann dela Cruz, 40; Maria Victoria dela Cruz, age unknown; Elvira dela Cruz, unknown age; Juralyn Bulalacao, 25; and Ashley Bulalacao, 2.
BFP and TFP said the blaze began at past 1 p.m. and was placed under control by 2 a.m. It took several hours before firefighters recovered the bodies from the debris due to darkness and thick smoke in the area. Grieving relatives gathered around the fatalities. (Val Gonzales, Noche Cacas, Joel C. Atencio)