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Woman dies of heart attack while her house is on fire, 1 injured

July 26, 2022 Edd Reyes 317 views

MAKATI CITY – AN elderly woman died while another was seriously injured after a fire broke out in a residential area in Barangay Cembo that left ten families homeless Tuesday before dawn in Makati City.

Barangay Councilman Gary Valdez, head of Barangay Cembo Disaster Response Committee, said Sabel Del Rosario Legazpi, an elderly woman who has heart disease, succumbed to death while being rushed to the nearest hospital after suffering from a heart attack, while Susan Balen, of legal age, sustained severe burn injuries in the body and her left hand was cut off.

Valdez said Balen is now in stable condition but is still being treated at a hospital.

Report reaching the office of Southern Police District (SPD) Director P/Bgen. Jimili Macaraeg showed that the fire of still undetermined origin started at 3:28 a.m. at the house owned by Merlito Fernandez at MCDA compound, Bgy. Cembo and quickly spread to adjacent homes, mostly made of light materials.

F/Insp. Alexis Crisanto Dato of Bgy. West Rembo Fire Sub-Station said the fire reached the second alarm before finally being put out at 4:24 a.m., destroying at least ten houses.

Fire investigators are still conducting a follow-up investigation and collecting physical evidence from the fire scene to determine the possibility of arson as the real cause of the fire, as claimed by an official of the homeowners association.

Residents in the area also said that shortly before the blaze started, a blast was heard in the neighborhood.

The affected families are temporarily sheltered at Sto. Niño Parish Chapel while the Makati Social Welfare Development (MSWD) personnel attend to their needs.