Fire kills six in Tacloban family

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TACLOBAN CITY: A woman and her six children were killed when their makeshift house at a tent city in San Jose, Tacloban City, for Typhoon Yolanda survivors burned down before dawn Wednesday.

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The fire killed Maria Eliza Ocenar, 39, and her children Kathleen, 12; Justine , 9; Mark, 7 Jasmine, 5; Juvylyn, 3; and Jacklyn, three months.

The mother apparently failed to put out a kerosene lamp inside their tent before going to sleep and it fell to the ground, setting fire to the items that were strewn around, reported Fire Investigator 1 Anthony Duran.

The flames quickly engulfed the entire tent, trapping everyone inside, Duran said.

Ocenar’s husband Renante was working in Samar at the time and returns to his family only during weekends.

The fire raged for one-and-a-half hours before it was declared under control.

Neighbors brought the victims to the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC). Duran said that the mother was the last to die, at 10 a.m.

Dozens of families who lost their homes when Typhoon Yo–landa struck last November live in tents in Costa Brava in San Jose where they were relocated by the government.

WITH ANTHONY VARGAS

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