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Electrical short circuit seen as cause of fire in Navotas

/ 03:46 PM February 25, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—Investigators are looking at an electrical short circuit as the cause of fire that hit a residential block in Navotas City before dawn Monday, resulting to the death of one and injury of two others, a city fire officer said.

Fire Officer 2 Celso Alivio said three houses made of light materials were gutted by fire along J. Alonzo Street in Barangay (village) Daanghan in Navotas City at 3:27 a.m.

The fire reached the third alarm before it was put out at 5:20 a.m., and resulted to the death of Alberto Garia, who probably suffered suffocation, Alivio said.

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He also said residents identified as Rosita and Gabriel Cruz sustained minor injuries.

In all, three families were affected by the fire, and it caused roughly P1 million-worth of damage.

“Initial investigation is looking at an electrical short circuit incident, but investigators are still looking at other possible cause,” Alivio said.

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