Girl, 9, dies in Asturias fire

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A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl has perished in the fire in Sitio Sangi, Barangay Sta. Lucia, Asturias town on Tuesday at 5:50 a.m., May 31, 2022.

Shortly after the fire, the body of Daniel Faith Bejano of Sitio Guinabasan, Barangay Tubigagmanok was found among the rubble of the burned building that was also occupied by Palawan Express, Sophies Bakeshoppe and Smiley's store.

The damage of the fire was placed at P270,000.

Staff Sergeant Ervin Jugarap, investigator of Asturias Police Station, said in an interview with Sunstar Cebu that the fire alarm was first raised at 5:50 a.m. and declared fire out at 6:40 a.m.

The Bureau of Fire Protection in Asturias, Philippine National Police and some residents helped put out the fire.

Residents reportedly tried to rescue the victim by trying to destroy the railings of Palawan Express but failed as the fire progressed.

Bejano was positively identified by her elder sister and some residents.

Her hands were still stucked on the railings of Palawan Express, which is next to Smiley’s store.

“Amo'ng tan-aw nanghilabot ning bataa sa sulod sa tindahan, posible'ng nagdalag kandila, unya nahulog o mimugna'g sunog (In our own observation, this child was stealing something inside the store, possibly lighting a candle, which accidentally fell and ignited a fire),” Jugarap said.

The area was still dark at the time of the incident since the said business establishments have not yet opened.

It was learned that the victim had stolen something inside the Smiley's store in the previous month, but the store management had forgiven her since she was a minor.

"Gutom na guro ni siya unya nakasuway na man siyag sulod sa maong tindahan iyang gibalikan, sipat gyud daw ni siya nga pagkabata (Maybe she tried to go back to the store which she robbed as she was already hungry, this child reportedly has a delinquent behavior)," Jugarap said.

Daniel Faith was allegedly the naughty among the six siblings.

Her father was arrested in 2018 for an illegal drug case, while her mother works as a househelp in Cebu City.

The victim along with his siblings were left to the care of their grandparents and aunts. (GPL, TPT)

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