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Four dead in North Cotabato fire

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An ancestral house gutted by fire in Arakan, North Cotabato before dawn on Wednesday left four people — including a pregnant woman — dead.

Senior Fire Officer Ronald Valle, Bureau of Fire Protection-Arakan chief, identified the victims as Ronie Monteser, 44; his pregnant daughter Mary Jane, 19; her live-in partner Rienheart Carugda, and their daughter Andrea, one.

Valle said the victims were asleep when the fire broke out at around 1:45 a.m.
The house was made of light materials.

Also burned was a motorcycle parked in the property, causing an explosion which further fueled the fire.

Meanwhile, four other fire incidents occurred in Kabacan, Cotabato on Tuesday and one of these incidents damaged a drug store that incurred damage pegged at P3 million.

Fire also broke out at a canteen inside the University of Southern Mindanao campus in Kabacan at around 9 p.m.

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