11-year-old boy dies in Las Piñas fire

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AN 11-year-old boy died in an early morning fire that razed a residential area in Barangay Talon V, Las Piñas City (Metro Manila) on Wednesday. The charred body of Alfred Arcilla, was found inside their gutted house on Chesa Street, Golden Acres Subdivision. Police said the boy’s mother, Alfreda, left the house to charge her mobile phone at a neighbor’s house. Alfreda said neighbors told her that her son was seen helping put out the fire before he was found charred. Jenny Tecson, Southern Police District spokeswoman, said the fire broke out at 12:35 a.m., destroying 60 houses made from light materials and leaving about 90 families homeless. The fire occurred while police were conducting an anti-drug operation in the house of Joseph Aldabe where the fire allegedly started. Another child was reported injured. Damage was estimated at P300,000.

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