A twelve-year old boy died in a fire that burned down his home at Purok Centro, Brgy. Tabon in Quezon municipality, Monday night.
Provincial Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) spokesperson FO1 Jomer Burlas identified the victim as Grade 8 student Kesoro Insigne Takeda, son of house owner Rosalinda Insigne.
Burlas said the fire started at around 11:30 p.m. but was only reported to them past midnight.
“Pagdating namin doon, malaki na ang sunog, halos kinakain na ang buong bahay. Hindi na rin nakatulong ang mga residente dahil sa laki ng sunog ay hindi na sila makalapit,” he said.
Burlas said that when they reached the site of the incident, neighbors told them there was no longer anyone inside the Insigne home.
Kesoro’s burnt body was only discovered inside the house’s comfort room after they had already declared “fire out” at around 1:50 a.m. on Tuesday.
“Nagtanong kami sa kanila kung may tao sa loob sabi naman nila wala na raw kaya ang ginawa namin inilatag namin ‘yong hose at sinimulan ng iapula ang apoy mga 1:50 na-declare na namin fire out at doon na nakita ‘yong katawan nong bata sa CR ng bahay nila,” Burlas said.
In a follow-up investigation on July 3, he said that they found out from a witness that an explosion was heard coming from the middle area of the Insigne residence.
He also said that they are suspecting that it could have been due to faulty electrical wiring.
“Lumabas sa aming investigation na sinabi ng isang witness na may pumutok sa may bandang gitna ng bahay at ‘yon na po ang umpisa ng sunog,” he said.
Burlas said Rosalinda only learned about the death of her son on the morning of July 2. She was reportedly in her farm managing the harvesting of coconuts when the fire happened.
“Noong umaga na nalaman ng nanay ‘yong nangyari sa bata kasi hinanap niya ang bata sa bahay. Noong mangyari ‘yong sunog wala ‘yong nanay nasa isla nagpapakopras. Noong linggo nagpaalam raw ‘yong bata uuwi siya sa Barangay Tabon para mag-aral, hindi niya alam na ‘yong anak niya uuwi sa isang bahay nila. Dalawa kasi ‘yong bahay nila, ‘yong isa sa may tabing-dagat at ‘yong isa ‘yong nasunog,” he said.