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17 dead and counting in Butuan City department store fire 05/10/2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

17 dead and counting in Butuan City department store fire

05/10/2012
At least 17 shop clerks sleeping in a Butuan department store were killed when a fire swept through the building before dawn yesterday, local authorities said.

Twenty-one female employees of the store were trapped in the fire, with seven others still missing and three surviving by jumping from a second-story window, provincial fire department head Chief Insp. Mario Palarca told Agence France Presse.

“Twenty-one people were asleep on the second floor when the fire struck the ground floor. They could not find the emergency exit because of the huge volume of black smoke,” Palarca said by telephone..... MORE

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