MANILA -- Two elderly men were killed after fire hit their house along Russet Street in SSS Village, Barangay Concepcion 2, Marikina City before dawn on Saturday.
The victims were identified as 74-year-old Fernando Pantig, a former policeman, and his sibling, 64-year-old Boy Pantig.
Investigation showed that the fire started at around 2 a.m. at the back portion of the house.
The blaze reached the second alarm before it was declared out at 3:34 a.m.
According to neighbors, they also heard an explosion which they suspect was caused by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
One of the bodies was recovered in the living room while the other was recovered near the stairs.
Only the two elderly siblings live in the house.
Fernando's child lives in Australia while their other relatives are in Laguna.
Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the blaze.
Meanwhile, a fire volunteer, identified as Oliver Rafael, sustained injuries after falling from a truck while putting out the blaze. -- Reports from Dennis Datu, dzMM; Kori Quintos, ABS-CBN News