Dozens Feared Dead In Philippine Shopping Mall Blaze

An huge fire that conveys a shopping mall in the Philippine city of Davao, trapping at least 37 people inside, continued to burn Sunday ― over a day after the ordeal began.  

Firefighters recovered one body from the still-smouldering NCCC Mall on Sunday, reported CNN Philippines.  

Distraught relatives have been told that there was “s” chance of survival for people trapped inside, stated Sara Duterte, the city’s mayor and daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. She added that firefighters wouldn’t rest until all bodies are recovered and an investigation could be launched into the cause of the blaze.

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A firefighter stands in front of the NCCC Mall in Davao on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao.

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At least 37 people are feared dead in the harbor.  

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On Sunday, a day after the ordeal started, firefighters were unable to input the still-smouldering construction.

The fire is believed to have begun Saturday morning on the third floor of their four-story building. SunStar Davao reported that most of the shopping regions of the mall were still closed to the general public at the time. Officials said many of the lost worked at a call center within the building,  ” said The New York Times.

On Sunday, the town of Davao released a list of names of those reported lost:

President Duterte, that had been Davao’s mayor before 2016 when his daughter had been elected to the article, visited relatives of those lost on Saturday night. He had been photographed wiping his tears with a handkerchief  during the assembly. A representative stated the presidentldquo;ensured relatives of the victims that the authorities would extend assist. ” 

The southern Philippine island of Mindanao, in which the city is situated, has grappled with another tragedy this weekend. Over 200 individuals on the island have been reported murdered and tens of thousands displaced due to flooding caused by a tropical storm.

Mayor Duterte said on Sunday in light of the tragedies that have befallen the area, the town authorities was canceling all planned vacation festivities.


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