THREE people were killed in a fire that razed a boarding house on Lions Road in Barangay Barangka, Ilaya, Mandaluyong City, before dawn on Saturday.
The fire started at 1:27 a.m. and reached first alarm. It was declared out at around 2 a.m.
The fatalities were identified as Ryan Lopez, 27; Dandy Gozarin, 28; and Wendell Cabanglan, 23. Lopez and Gozarin were accountants, while Cabanglan was an information technology specialist.
Five other boarders were able to escape from the burning house.
The cause of the fire and the estimate of damage have yet to be determined.
Authorities were still trying to find out if the blaze started from a bakery beside the boarding house owned by a certain Jojie Pangilinan.
FRANCIS EARL A. CUETO