6 Filipinos die in Riyadh fire

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SIX Filipinos, three of them children, died when their apartment building in Riyadh was razed by fire on Saturday.

The Philippine embassy in Riyadh said the victims — Sahara Mapandi, 46; Rema Mapandi, 8; Ryan Mapandi, 7; Dodio Guiamat, Karen Anne Guiamat, 31, and one-year-old Aneeka Guiamat, lived in an apartment at the Sulaimania district in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Karen Anne, who worked as a nurse at Riyadh Military Hospital, was four months pregnant.

Taugan Mapandi said his wife and children were still asleep when he left to work at 6 a.m. The Mapandis died of suffocation.


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