FOUR persons died, including a baby, while five others were injured in a fire that hit a residential area in Barangay Palanan, Makati City (Metro Manila) on Sunday morning.
Killed were Annie Eneria, 52, her two daughters, Vicky, 14, and Nichole, 8, and grandson, two-month-old Nathan.
Fire Marshall Ricardo Perdigon said the charred remains of the family were discovered beneath the debris few meters away from the street, alluding that the victims tried to escape from their burning house but failed to save their lives.
Perdigon added that five others were injured, including another Eneria family member, after jumping into a nearby creek to escape from the fire.
Arson investigators said the fire broke out at 5:45 a.m. on Araro and Calatagan streets, reached third alarm and was put out at 6:16 a.m.
The fire gutted several houses, including that of Eneria, displacing some 30 families.
It reportedly spread quickly since most of the houses were made from wood and light materials and were built close to each other.
Responding firemen had also a hard time in putting out the fire because of narrow passageways.
At press time, investigation of possible cause of the fire was ongoing but Perdigon said they are verifying information that an electrical overload from illegal power lines or commonly known as “jumpers” may have sparked the blaze.
Meanwhile, Enerias’ remains have been brought to a funeral home in Pasay City (Metro Manila) for further tests by Scene of the Crime Operatives or SOCO.