5 dead, 4 injured in Cagayan de Oro City fire

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Photo courtesy of Kml Sialana via stringer Alwen Saliring

(CNN Philippines, March 11) — Five people were killed, including three minors, after a fire razed a house in Barangay Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City, early Saturday.

Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) investigator Senior Fire Officer 1 Imelda Barasan identified the victims as Cerillo siblings Louie, 10 years old, Michelle, 13, Mary Grace, 12, and Mark Kenneth, 21.

The fifth fatality was 21-year-old Connie Nandon, said to be the girlfriend of Mark Kenneth.

Authorities said the minors were trapped in a room on the second floor of their two-story house. Mark's body was found in the kitchen area, while Nandon's body was found in the comfort room.

The fire also wounded Melody and Mary Joy Cerillo, Jun and Lilibeth Carillo who all sustained first degree burns.

The fire broke out at around 1:00 a.m. Saturday and fire officials declared fire out at about 2 a.m.

Barasan said authorities are investigating the cause of the fire.

The estimated damage of the fire was pegged at P100,000.

The deadly fire came after a week the BFP campaigned for fire safety awareness in the observance of Fire Prevention Month this March.

The BFP has recorded more than 700 fire incidents in Northern Mindanao last year. More than 500 of these were "accidental," mostly due to electrical faults in residential areas.