6 die in pension house fire in Bacolod

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    SIX persons died and several others were reported injured when a fire razed a pension house in Bacolod City yesterday morning.

    A report from the Bacolod City police station said the fire broke out at the Java Pension on Gonzaga St. in Barangay 12 at around 4:40 a.m. The fire, of still unknown origin, was put out by responding firefighters five hours later.

    City police investigator Chief Master Sergeant Augustus Velasco said a probe is being held to determine what caused the fire that broke out at the ground floor of the five-story building.

    Most of the fatalities – three men, two women and a boy – were found at the second floor.

    They were not immediately identified.

    Four were reported injured, including an Australian, who were promptly rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

    Velasco said at least 15 people were rescued unharmed. – Victor Reyes