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18 Killed, 2 Injured in Butuan City Big Fire

Butuan : Philippines | May 09, 2012 at 3:54 AM PDT
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At least 18 persons, all of them believed to be sales ladies, were killed in a fire that gutted a garments store in this city early Wednesday morning.

The blaze broke out around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, at the second floor of the Novo Jeans and Shirts Enterprise along JC Aquino-Montilla Boulevard,in the three-storey shop in Butuan on the southern island of Mindanao.

Reports also revealed that of the 21 all-female stay-in personnel and sales ladies of NOVO store, three survived the incident; they jumped to the second floor of the building as the fire raged.

Fifteen fire trucks from neighboring cities and provinces and fire fighters from a Butuan City Mall also arrived and fire was declared out at 6: 35 a.m. of that same day.

Shocked and crying relatives and friends,, gathered in search of loved ones in front of the building, where police stood before body bags with the victims' remains.

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Firefighters rush to extinguish a blaze early Wednesday at a three-storey garment store in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. At least 17 people, mostly employees, were reportedly killed in the fire
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