Elderly woman dies in house fire in Cotabato

By Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Aug 16 2014 11:43 AM | Updated as of Aug 16 2014 07:43 PM

COTABATO CITY - An 82-year-old woman died after fire hit her home in Barangay Lumunay, President Roxas, North Cotabato, authorities said.

The victim was identified as Victoria Barona. She was home alone when fire broke out.

"Naiwan lang siya doong mag-isa kasi umalis yung anak niya, pumunta sa sentro ng barangay. Nagkataon kasi na may piyesta sa barangay nila," Kidapawan City Bureau of Fire Protection Fire Marshal Capt. Darwin Custodio said.

The BFP said fire immediately gutted the victim's house since it was made of light materials.

"Hindi rin napansin nung mga kapitbahay kasi malalayo ang distance from one house to the other sa area na yun," Custodio added.

Initial investigation of the BFP showed that a lighted lamp inside the victim's room was the cause of the fire.