MANILA – Three people died after a fire hit a house in Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur on Monday noon.
Noriza Hilay and her son, 2-year-old Paulo, died after they were trapped inside their burning house in Sitio Talisay in Barangay Coronon.
Paulo's cousin, 3-year-old Hinata Hilay, also perished in the blaze.
Police said the victims were sleeping at the second floor of the house when the fire erupted. Fire also hit a neighboring house.
The victims' relatives said they attempted to save the three but it was already too late. The house's window grills also prevented the victims from escaping.
Investigators are looking into electrical short circuit as the possible cause of the fire. – report from Bonnamae Pamplona, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao