SOUTH COTABATO - A man was killed while his mother was hurt when fire razed an ancestral house in Barangay General Paulino Santos in Koronadal City.
The victim was identified as Efhraim Manuel. His mother, Merlina Manuel, sustained first degree burns while trying to save him.
Investigation revealed that the fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
"Na-establish namin ang origin ng fire, doon 'yun sa kwarto ni Efhraim. Nakita natin siya patay na. Nakasandal siya sa wall ng kanyang kwarto, at base sa positioning ng biktima, makikita natin na baka lasing ito, o baka nakatulog ito dahil sa kalasingan habang nagluluto. Nandoon din kasi ang kitchen area niya sa kanyang kwarto o baka naninigarilyo ito at nakatulog," said Senior Inspector Reginald Legaste, acting fire marshal of Koronadal City.
[We have established that the fire started in Efhraim's room. We found him dead, leaning on the wall of his room. Based on his position, it is possible that he was drunk, or he fell asleep while cooking because of drunkenness. The kitchen is also inside his room. It is also possible that he was smoking, and then he fell asleep.]
The fire immediately spread because the house was made of light materials.
The blaze, which lasted for more than an hour, destroyed property worth around P1 million.